Uruguay sweating over Cavani for France clash

Uruguay sweating over Cavani for France clash

"What Ronaldo has on top of these qualities is that he is the leader of that team". Diego Simeone has enjoyed great success at club level, so why can't Uruguay, with not just one but two outstanding strikers? It was Cavani who launched the attack, switching play to the other flank where his ball found a charging Suarez.

Suarez with 53 goals and Cavani 44 - 12 of them from assists by his striking partner - are their two all-time leading scorers and again showed their understanding with an astonishing opening goal in the seventh minute.

Either side of Suarez's chance, it was all Portugal - from possession, to meaningful possession and scoring chances - and finally, after trailing for almost 50 minutes, they were level after 55 minutes, thanks to Pepe's unmarked header from Raphael Guerreiro's corner kick.

Receiving the ball on the left, Suarez glanced up just briefly, and saw Cavani lurking outside the box before whipping in a ferocious cross to the back post for his team-mate turn home. I don't have words to describe it.

However, Cavani struck a well-placed shot in the 62nd minute to ensure that Portugal moves on to the quarter finals.

But Uruguay held on to reach the last eight, even if match-winner Cavani gave them a scare ahead of the France game by limping off in the final quarter.

Portugal had chances in the second half, including a frantic final few minutes of stoppage time with claims of a possible handball in the penalty area from a late corner kick.

Since 1966, only Grzegorz Lato & Andrzej Szarmach (five for Poland) and Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose (five for Germany) have combined for more World Cup goals than Uruguay's Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez (4). Until Pepe's equaliser, Oscar Tabarez's men have not conceded in their six previous matches this year. "I never said Cristiano wants to play alone", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. "He tried. The team didn't win because Uruguay scored twice". "But I also imagine back in Uruguay, we have to keep going for them".

It was really unnecessary and Ronaldo deservedly got criticised for it.

While Messi provided two assists in his side's valiant, albeit unsuccessful attempt to topple France, Ronaldo was responsible for a truly bad display this weekend.

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