Inside Russia with Angela: My last Portugal match… until the final?
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jul 02, 2018,
Jul 02, 2018, 0:09
Coming into the World Cup after sensationally winning Euro 2016, Portugal were filled with hope for a successful tournament, and with Ronaldo in top form after the first two games, all things pointed towards a deep run in Russian Federation for the Selecao.
The Real Madrid superstar would have missed the World Cup quarter-final had Portugal managed to beat their opponents.
Portugal defender Pepe made Uruguay pay for sitting back when he leapt unmarked to head in a cross from Raphael Guerreiro following a short corner to level the match at 1-1 in the 55th minute.
Cavani's second goal was another magnificent effort as he met Bentancur's pass first-time and curled the ball into the net from the edge of the penalty area.
So, both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been knocked out of the World Cup on the very same day.
While Suarez seemed to play down or avoid questions about Ronaldo, it's clear Uruguay must continue to have the tightest defence in the tournament to keep Ronaldo and others under control.
For now, it is back to the drawing board for Ronaldo and Portugal, as sights turn to the European Championships in two years' time, and possibly one last World Cup for Ronaldo in 2022.
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In a defensive showdown, it was Uruguay that came out on top defeating Portugal, 2-1 in the Round of 16. They have eight shots but just two on goal compared to Uruguay's four shots with two on goal.
And when asked about his future, he said: "It's not the time to talk about the future, when it comes to the players and coach", asserted the winger.
Ronaldo had an opportunity around the half-hour mark to score from a free kick 30 metres out but could only hit the wall.
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).
After Madrid had beaten Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev, Ronaldo - who hadn't scored in the final - appeared to take the attention away from hero Gareth Bale by suggesting he will be leaving the club this summer.
The 33-year-old has won nearly everything there is to win as a player - but he is now unlikely to ever lift the World Cup.
The second match of the knockout stage between Uruguay and Portugal began on a high note, with fans hoping to see Ronaldo work his magic on the field.