Ronaldo out of World Cup after loss to Uruguay

Ronaldo out of World Cup after loss to Uruguay

"He is the best player in the world in my opinion and it's natural that the team depends on him, but you can ask the same question to Uruguay's coach too, if his team depends on Suarez or (Edinson) Cavani ..."

The back four deserve just as much credit as the front two do, as Pepe's goal was the first time La Celeste's defence has been breached since the turn of the year.

Cavani's goals, in the seventh and 62nd minutes of the game, were his second and third strikes at the World Cup, following his effort in Uruguay's 3-0 win over Russian Federation in the group stage. Their concrete style starts at the back, an animal-like defensive line including Atletico Madrid pairing Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin, arguably the best central defensive duo in world football. Everywhere he went, the Portugal great was hounded by two or three Uruguayan defenders. Their style may not be pretty but it is most certainly effective.

"Uruguay scored with their first shot on our goal".

For Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo it is heart-break, but ultimately they weren't good enough over the course of four games. As Argentina's exit proved, one man can only do so much.

Edinson Cavani latches onto the end of a Luis Suarez cross to nod in Uruguay's opener. Forging a simply unstoppable partnership with Suarez, Uruguay look like scoring every time they come forward.

With or without Cavani, though, Uruguay will make it tough for France and should not be written off. Subs: Sanchez 5, Rodriguez 5, Stuani 5.

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Last night's post match interview after Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup is proof of this. Uruguay's deadly duo - Cavani and Suarez - combine to lethal effect!

It was Cavani who instead took the spotlight. Another corner kick from Portugal gets deflected away.

On paper, Uruguay have the stronger team.

Portugal's flank players created some set-piece sutuations but they couldn't yield the desired equaliser as Uruguay saw off the last anxious moments by doing putting in a heavy defending shift.

Uruguay's blue wall was beaten when Raphael Guerreiro swung over a cross, and although it cleared the head of Ronaldo, Pepe was right behind him to plant his free header firmly past Muslera.

Bernardo Silva drove in a low cross that deflected over as Portugal began to run out of time, and then Nandez was replaced by Carlos Sanchez for Uruguay. Cavani restores Uruguay's lead with a handsome strike.

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