Cavani fires Uruguay into last eight as Ronaldo dream ends

Cavani fires Uruguay into last eight as Ronaldo dream ends

Uruguay star Edinson Cavani looks unlikely to feature for his country in their quarter final encounter with France following an injury he picked up during the side's win over Portugal.

Cavani struck in the seventh minute of Saturday's last-16 tie in Sochi to put Uruguay in control, but Portugal hit back after the interval when Pepe headed home Raphael Guerreiro's cross.

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The 19-year-old forward's electric pace caused Argentina problems all afternoon and his twin strikes helped France overturn a 2-1 deficit and set up a quarterfinal date with Portugal or Uruguay, who play later on Saturday.

Despite all those records, the skipper preferred to focus on the team: "It's not the time to talk about the future of the players, the coaches, and the position the side is in".

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"Ronaldo is a leader, the way he scores the goals and how important they are", Forlan told BBC Radio 5 live. 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. "We've got some great players and a tremendous squad, a young group of players with real ambition to go out and succeed", he said. It's a tough match, like the ones we've been having, and we'll do our job, trying to be compact, defending all together.

Uruguay earned its date with the star-filled French by ousting Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal 2-1 in the round of 16, the first true test of the tournament for Uruguay after La Celeste cruised through the group stage by dispatching Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation without allowing a goal. It will be very hard for us.

The 2018 World Cup returns on Friday after a two-day break England beating Colombia in the last round of 16 game on Tuesday.

"We know that they were tight in the midfield, so we had some players playing wide to try to unblock the Uruguay defence, In the first half we did it less well". "There is a tournament (the UEFA Nations League) in September and we hope Cristiano will be with us to help the players grow".

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