Ronaldo gone as Portugal knocked out of World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal misses a penalty against Iran

Uruguay advance to play France on Friday and Portugal are on their way home.

But Uruguay were back in front seven minutes later when Rodrigo Betancur allowed Cavani to brilliantly curl home his 45th global goal.

It was his third goal of the tournament, having opened his account in Russian Federation with a goal against the hosts in the final group stage game as Uruguay claimed a 3-0 victory.

There was promise for Portugal when Silva threaded intelligent balls into the penalty area, but the threat was quickly snuffed out with the Atletico Madrid pair of Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin commanding. Their style may not be pretty but it is most certainly effective.

But today, it was Edinson Cavani who scored twice to earn victory for the Uruguayans. His second goal was all about technique as he used his right foot to curl the ball beyond the fingertips of Rui Patricio to muzzle Portugal. "Everything you'd ever want in a performance from two people".

The fewest completed passes - 21 (this shows just how effectively the Uruguay defence was able to crowd Ronaldo out from the game).

Uruguay's hero of the evening, Cavani had to be substituted due to what looked like to be a muscle pull. Subs: Sanchez 5, Rodriguez 5, Stuani 5.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez lauded his side's dedication and commitment on Saturday, after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Portugal took them into the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Uruguay's deadly duo - Cavani and Suarez - combine to lethal effect! The PSG forward doesn't sit back to admire his pass, instead sprinting to the back post to head in Suarez's cross. Another corner kick from Portugal gets deflected away. Pepe came in behind and Uruguay finally surrendered its first goal of the tournament in the 55th minute.

Replays, however, indicated Cavani did not make a clean contact with the finish, appearing to propel the ball over the line via his face, rather than with his forehead as intended. Uruguay still leads, 1-0. Portugal are caught on the counter-attack.

On Saturday, they faced a team who did the same things more effectively as they went down to only their second defeat in 28 competitive matches under the grizzled Santos.

Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera did nearly gift them another equaliser, dropping a high ball at the feet of Bernardo Silva, but the Manchester City man could only volley over. What an opportunity for Portugal - and you would have put your house on the Man City midfielder scoring!

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