Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Suarez vs. Ronaldo subplot of Uruguay-Portugal Round of 16 showdown

Suarez vs. Ronaldo subplot of Uruguay-Portugal Round of 16 showdown

And after Portugal equalized on Pepe's header in the 55th minute, it was Cavani again finishing a ideal Uruguay counter in the 62nd with a shot from just inside the penalty area that caught Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio slightly out of position and curled inside the far post.

But Uruguay responded nearly instantly.

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.

Cavani found the net with a perfectly-timed side-footed shot from the left edge of the area after a breakaway in the 62nd minute.

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.

Uruguay and Portugal have faced off on two previous occasions, but never at the World Cup.

"We know that in Portugal, the squares are full, the people are together and rooting for us, and we feel their presence here, so a word to the Portuguese people: We are very sad that we weren't able to make it", Santos said.

Pepe's goal was the first time the South Americans' defence had been breached in this tournament, but they stood firm after that and are beginning to look like genuine contenders moving into the latter stages in Russian Federation. In planning the match, focusing on our opponent and considering the level that every player has, what Ronaldo has on top of all of these qualities is that he is the leader of that team.

What's the ceiling for Uruguay?

It was a five-pass buildup from deep in its own end that culminated in Uruguay's first goal, and the final two passes were ideal.

Unfortunately, the structure of the World Cup 2018 brackets and the venues allocated mean that, in the event Portugal advances to the Last 4, they would be playing against either Brazil, Mexico, Belgium or Japan in Saint Petersburg. But what it did do was not drop any points as it racked up successive wins against Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Russian Federation, without ever managing to look overly troubled.

"The match just ended".

In the final moments of the half, with Suarez down following a challenge from Raphael Guerreiro, Portugal won a corner that came to nothing before a half-chance was steered wide by Cavani at the far post.

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