Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Ronaldo out of World Cup after loss to Uruguay

Ronaldo out of World Cup after loss to Uruguay

Since 1966, only Grzegorz Lato & Andrzej Szarmach (five for Poland) and Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose (five for Germany) have combined for more World Cup goals than Uruguay's Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez (4).

Portugal had chances in the second half, including a frantic final few minutes of stoppage time with claims of a possible handball in the penalty area from a late corner kick.

Ronaldo may have provided more fireworks, but if World Cup success is the standard by which we measure greatness, the Ronaldo and Messi debate looks set to rage on, with both failing to progress beyond the Round of 16.

"When it comes to the rivalry with Ronaldo at club level that's a different thing all together", said Suarez, whose Barcelona team is the archrival of Ronaldo's Real Madrid squad. "It's not a fair result, we did enough for another result", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

Uruguay took the lead on seven minutes through their dynamic duo.

Uruguay's win means Portugal were eliminated once again in the knockout round.

Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez will start in central defence and they will count on all their La Liga experience at Atletico Madrid to stop arch-rival Ronaldo in his tracks.

Edinson Cavani struck a brace of brilliant goals in the last-16 tie, either side of a Pepe header, but despite having the lion's share of possession, Portugal could not break down Uruguay's well-drilled defence a second time.

It was a five-pass buildup from deep in its own end that culminated in Uruguay's first goal, and the final two passes were flawless. Who will come out on top when the two sides meet on Saturday?

Santos had said: "Cristiano still has a lot to give to football". "Uruguay had never scored like that".

Cavani was forced to leave the game in the 74th minute and limped off the field with the assistance of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cavani then had to be helped off by Ronaldo before watching the rest of the game from the dugout with ice on a calf injury.

"We must congratulate Uruguay because they are the national team that are in the quarter-finals", he said post-match.

Suarez could have put Uruguay 2-0 ahead in the 22nd minute as a diving Patricio parried clear a low free-kick which went under the Portuguese jumping wall towards the bottom right.

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