Clinical Edinson Cavani shatters Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup dream

This will be a busy evening for the referee, not least with Uruguay's Atletico Madrid centre-halves Diego Godin and Jose Jimenez up against Portugal's Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo. But it is so much more than that. Aside from that there are no fresh worries for the south Americans.

The fearless Uruguay go marching on: The South Americans remain "dark-horses" for World Cup glory, but with four wins out of four, conceding just one goal in the process, they simply can not be overlooked.

Ronaldo, though, has already scored four times at this World Cup, including a hat-trick on his last visit here when Portugal drew 3-3 with Spain.

He has already spoken of his desire to play on until he is 40, meaning he could still play in three more major worldwide tournaments.

The couple are pictured left celebrating after Real Madrid won the Champion's League against Liverpool earlier this year. Godin has faced Ronaldo on numerous occasions so there will be nothing new apart from the fact that the victor goes into the World Cup quarterfinal.

"Godin is a star".

That approach has remained the same in Russian Federation, but of the 32 teams at the competition, only Saudi Arabia and Spain boast a cleaner disciplinary record than Uruguay, who have committed just 42 fouls in three games.


Today, Gimenez is set to rejoin Godin in central defence after missing the 3-0 victory over Russian Federation due to injury.

In the end, Cavani's two goals were enough to sink Portugal 2-1 and cancel out a Pepe equalizer and send Ronaldo home.

55' - GOAL! Uruguay 1-1 Portugal: Portugal finally breach Uruguay's defence! Lucas Torreira with the delivery, but no shot on-target from it.

In the Round of 16, the striker will face a rival who also has great offensive potential, but who, in this case, is split between two front men: Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, who are the second best pairing in the World Cup (24) after Neymar and Coutinho (28). Suarez has scored twice in this tournament and knows Russian Federation 2018 will nearly be the last World Cup, he will attend. They carry a huge burden on their shoulders, yet each scored crucial goals in the Group stage.

Portugal manager, Fernando Santos, is not afraid of Uruguay's defensive organisation as he told FIFA TV: "I believe we are going to score and that we will put on the field what we have prepared".

"These are different circumstance of course, the hosts have huge support and they've had a very good tournament, while Uruguay has high quality and top-notch players and they're all excellent - but Portugal too". It has been like that for the whole of 2018.

"Oscar Tabarez is the longest-serving global manager".

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