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Cavani fires Uruguay to World Cup quarters as Ronaldo fires blank

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A double by Edinson Cavani made the difrerence for Uruguay as they defeated Portugal 2-1 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup round of 16 clash on Saturday.

The Paris Saint-Germain star was right inside the box to head in a fine cross from Luis Suarez early in the first half to put his country ahead.

Portugal equalised when Pepe headed in a corner in the 55th minute, but Cavani restored the lead with a fine finish in the 62nd minute to seal the victory.

Meanwhile, Portugal’s star player, Cristiano Ronaldo has now played 514 minutes of football in the knockout stages of the World Cup, but has failed to score or provide an assist.

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Until Pepe’s goal, Uruguay was yet to concede a goal in the Russia showpiece, as they went through the group stage without a loss or draw.

Man of the match, Cavani limped off late on after incurring an injury on his left foot, and was led out of the pitch by Ronaldo.

Uruguay succeeded in ending Ronaldo’s hopes of World Cup success just hours after France ended that of his rival Lionel Messi.

The win takes the South Americans to the quarter finals of the competition where they face France who defeated Argentina earlier on Saturday.

 

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