Portugal-Uruguay more than CR7 vs Suarez, says Alves

Portugal-Uruguay more than CR7 vs Suarez, says Alves

Now he is fighting for a full recovery so he can again lead the line with Luis Suarez against France in Nizhny Novgorod. Doctors inform that Cavani has already started rehabilitation and perform some exercise.

Two time winners Uruguay underlined their World Cup pedigree by outlasting European champions Portugal in an engrossing match up played in Sochi, Russia.

But three substitutions that brought on Corentin Colliso, Nabil Fekir and Florian Thauvin for Mbappe, Griezman and Blaise Matuildi handed back the initiative to Argentina who scored a consolation goal through Sergio Aguero.

"In football, there are no moral victories and I would have preferred to play worse and win the match".

Cavani and Luis Suarez jointly put up a great show putting Portugal at the back seat. "I think all of us have come here to play and when our moment comes we will be ready for it to help Portugal win", he said.

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Speaking ahead of the clash, the Atletico Madrid man called Uruguay his "second country", saying he loves the nation and has many close friends there, including club teammate Diego Godin.

Cavani is now the second highest capped Uruguayan player to feature in World Cup matches with 15, just one behind goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

Much like his own side, Santos believes Uruguay's strength lies in the collective, as well as the canny coaching of Oscar Tabarez.

"France is playing very well, they have proved it throughout the World Cup", Bentancur said.

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 have yet to concede a goal in Russian Federation, although going forward they have relied mainly on set pieces to score their goals. A World Cup title is the only thing missing from his collection of accolade.

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Ronaldo was also rendered ineffective by Uruguay's resolute defence, who had not conceded a goal in 2018 until Pepe's headed equaliser.

"Certainly, yes, Cristiano still has a lot to give to football".

Portugal have progressed from the group stage of the World Cup for the fourth time in their history.

Russian players were on their knees in exhaustion after defending for 120 minutes in Moscow with just 26 percent possession and they must now summon another huge physical effort, with Croatia expected to dominate the ball once more. It's a tough match, like the ones we've been having, and we'll do our job, trying to be compact, defending all together.

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