Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez expressed his concern over Edinson Cavani's condition after the forward set up a World Cup quarter-final date with France. Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning, Paddy McKenna and Carl Kinsella featuring JOE.co.uk Senior Football Correspondent and font of wisdom Melissa Reddy.
Uruguay and Portugal have faced off on two previous occasions, but never at the World Cup. On the same day, Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina's loss, the other "GOAT" at this tournament was also eliminated. Everybody knows, that we depend on our players.
The forward went on to score in just the fourth minute of Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco, but his form hit somewhat of a temporary road block when he missed a spot-kick in the 1-1 draw with Iran.
Pepe's goal was the first time the South Americans' defence had been breached in this tournament, but they stood firm after that and are beginning to look like genuine contenders moving into the latter stages in Russian Federation. "However, we also have to praise Portugal for the match".
"If Cristiano plays by himself, Portugal is going to lose", Santos said.
Cavani said he felt a pain and couldn't continue, but was hopeful he could recover in time to be on the field against France. Ronaldo may have just played in his final World Cup.
Cavani's header in the seventh minute and a curled first-time shot in the 62nd, seven minutes after Pepe had equalized for Portugal, take his total for the tournament to three.
"Cavani has to thank Suarez today, but his movement has always been brilliant, finishing not always great but, for the first, he improvises brilliantly", said Keown.
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"I feel a great unity with this team", said Ignacio Dufort, a Uruguayan who lives in Stockholm and has come to Nizhny Novgorod to be close to the national team's training base.
"At this stage of the tournament I think you need a ideal game to be able to advance", Suarez said after the South Americans vanquished Portugal.
In the 5th minute, Ronaldo nearly gave Portugal their first goal, when he played a attractive straight shot, just a few yards away from the penalty box, only to be saved by Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
Uruguay players used to have the reputation for being dirty.
Ronaldo played a pivotal role in France during Portugal's triumphant campaign two years ago, and during the tournament in Russian Federation he became Europe's top worldwide goal-scorer and only second in the world to Iran's Ali Daei.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos was hopeful that the Real Madrid man will continue to represent his country for some time yet, with Portugal's next challenge to defend the European Championship title they won in France two years ago. "Even if he scores three goals in match, you still need to have a team to support him".
Cavani received the ball from Rodrigo Betancur and sprayed a wonderful 40-yard diagonal pass to Luis Suarez.
"We have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez said.