Portugal fails to show they are more than just Ronaldo

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Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani is now fighting for a full recovery so he can again lead the line with Luis Suarez against France in Nizhny Novgorod.

The European champions equalised when Pepe headed home following a short corner, but Uruguay swept up the field and carved them open once more, with Cavani firing home his second and Portugal unable to respond.

Portugal, after their impressive performances in four matches, will go home, and Real Madrid forward Ronaldo's fourth World Cup journey finished earlier than expected.

Comments on Georgina's Instagram posts saw comments not just from Uruguay fans, but also from angry Iranian fans, who posted comments with the country's flag, to vent ire after Iran lost to Portugal in the group stage.

The first match of the day will be played between France and Argentina in Kazan at 7.30 this evening while Uruguay will meet Portugal in Sochi later at 11.30 tonight.

"Ronaldo is a leader, the way he scores the goals and how important they are", Forlan told BBC Radio 5 live.

For the tournament in Russia, Santos brought 13 players from the Euro 2016 squad, including nine of the players who started in the final against France. "We have great players, a fantastic group, with young players, with great ambition to win and that's why I'm confident and I'm happy, because I know the national team will always be giving its best". During the run of play, Portugal rarely got any clear looks at goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo says that though Portugal were knocked out in the World Cup Round of 16, he is "absolutely convinced" the team will continue to be one of the best in the world.

Cavani limped off shortly after scoring his second goal in Uruguay's 2-1 defeat of Portugal, which booked their last-eight spot. "Cristiano still has a lot to give to football and I hope he will stay to help the young players grow and develop", he said.

That the two legends who have won the world player of the year award five times each in the last 10 years could not rise to the occasion in the World Cup certainly dents their claims to sit alongside Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane in the pantheon of football immortals.

"Uruguay is a south-American team very hard to play", Deschamps told French television program Telefoot on Sunday.

"We want to stop them playing, make their strikers uncomfortable, that's our weapon".

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