Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has left calf injury

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has left calf injury

Portugal, who reached World Cup semi-finals back in 1966 on the back on Eusebio's nine goals, failed to get the best out of current talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

The lingering question all week for Uruguay will be the health of Cavani after he scored two goals but limped off in the 70th minute with a leg injury.

Ronaldo played a leadership role in that triumph and Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he hopes he will continue and help him with a new generation of players. This is their third World Cup together. What if's and could haves can only say so much in football but it is harsh to say Messi hasn't delivered the goods for his country. Both the players vying for the mantle of best footballer in the world are out of the tournament, under-serviced by their teammates and able to produce only brief glimpses of their brilliance. But he went on to praise Griezmann's partner in attack, Kylian Mbappe.

When Messi would make a darting run forward after a pass, he rarely received the return pass.

Angel di Maria, Gabriel Mercado and Sergio Aguero found the net for Argentina.

Ronaldo was also rendered ineffective by Uruguay's resolute defence, who had not conceded a goal in 2018 until Pepe's headed equaliser. The two players usually heralded as the greatest of all time Pele and Maradona both have winners medals and long highlight reels from their World Cup performances. "We have a team with a lot of young players, so it's important that our captain remains with us".

Uruguay had to withstand fierce late Portugal pressure as the European champions chased an equaliser.

Central defenders Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez play their club football together at Atletico Madrid and that showed as they repelled nearly everything Portugal could throw at them with superb anticipation and understanding. Portugal's possession advantage was meaningless because it couldn't break down the Uruguayan defense. According to coach Oscar Tabarez the Paris Saint-Germain striker is "in pain", but a scan on his calf confirmed there is no tear to the muscle. "But you always want to win, and we lost, so well done to Uruguay for making it through".

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