Portugal much more than just Ronaldo, says Santos


Ronaldo - still waiting for his first goal or first assist in a World Cup knockout game - was kept very quiet and was outshone by Paris Saint-Germain and Uruguay striker Cavani. Doctors inform that Cavani has already started rehabilitation and perform some exercise.

"It's a match between the two teams, Portugal and Uruguay, and we'll do everything we can to win".

Cavani who was injured during the game was substituted in the next half. Named as World's best player on five occasions by Federation Internationale de Football Association, he led his country to win the first European Championships trophy in 2016.

The European champions equalised when Pepe headed home following a short corner, but Uruguay swept up the field and carved them open once more, with Cavani firing home his second and Portugal unable to respond.

"But I think we have a really good defense to control him - but not just one player, the (whole) France team". We want an encore of this Uruguayan duet. "You have a coach who has been working with them for 12 years, very experienced, very high-quality", he said, adding that they have yet to concede a goal in 2018.

Brazil star Neymar put another feather in his cap during his country's World Cup last-16 encounter against Mexico.

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Portugal have had to pack up earlier than expected, and much of the blame can be laid at Cristiano Ronaldo's door after he failed in the big moments. For over a decade these two players have been on a different planet when compared to their peers but when it comes to the World Cup it seems neither's country could reach the promised land.

Portugal's triumphant Euro 2016 campaign was never spectacular but it made the most of what they had available - a world-class striker, a strong defence, a good goalkeeper, a winning mentality and good organisation.

This has been his best World Cup in terms of goals scored, as he leaves with four in total, including a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Spain in the group stage.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez says he is "worried" after Edinson Cavani limped out of their 2-1 win against Portugal with a suspected hamstring injury, the Sun reveals. Here are four things to keep an eye out for as France play Argentina, while Uruguay takes on Portugal. We gave it our best shot and the team played well.

In his fourth World Cup, Ronaldo couldn't hide his frustration late in the match in Sochi, furiously complaining with the referee after a non-call for a foul that could have given Portugal a last chance to equalize.