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Cristiano Ronaldo says 'not the time' to discuss Portugal future

Oscar Tabarez rates Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world Oscar Tabarez rates Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world
Domingo Copeland | 03 July, 2018, 01:22

Uruguay defeated Portugal 2-1 thanks to two goals by Edison Cavani who had to retire due to an injury.

Ronaldo has won absolutely everything in the game, at team and individual level, except for the World Cup.

The World Cup is now without the two best players in the world.

Portugal opened their World Cup campaign in Sochi with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Spain, and midfielder Adrien Silva said his team have what it takes to score against a Uruguay rear-guard that has not been breached this year. On the same day, Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina's loss, the other "GOAT" at this tournament was also eliminated. "We are right now only anxious but we don't know how serious this injury is".

When Uruguay players arrive for news conferences, they begin each one with "good morning everyone".

'We leave with our heads held high.

Suarez held up play for a few seconds to give Cavani time to arrive at the goal, then cut back and laced a flawless cross that ricocheted off Cavani's face and into the back of the net.

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Cavani scored in the seventh and 62nd minutes while Portugal got their goal from Pepe in the 55th minute at the Fisht Stadium as Uruguay entered the last eight stage of the World Cup only for the second time in 48 years. The players came to play seven matches.

Messi, at 31 and playing in his fourth and possibly final World Cup, set up a pair of goals but again failed to score in a knockout match at the biggest event in soccer. I am happy, happy, happy. However, the veteran centre-back's joy was short-lived, as Cavani restored the South Americans' lead with a stunning side-footed finish not long afterwards.

Portugal head coach Fernando Santos, however, hopes Ronaldo will continue to feature for the national side as he can help in the development of the country's next generation.

Uruguay will need him as they march on, his partnership in attack with Luis Suarez combining with a formidable defence that is arguably the best in worldwide football.

There is always competition to earn a place in the team, but things are easier "when they have given you the rules and everything is done based on our sacred word. which is respect".

Cavani picked out Suarez on the left with a cross-field ball, before continuing his run into the penalty area and meeting the Barcelona striker's return delivery at the back post, the ball smacking off his face and flying in.

"Today we committed a mistake that led to the equaliser but we have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez added, citing the value of his team's "intensity, focus and tactical intuition".

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