Cavani's brilliant double sees Uruguay beat Portugal

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Uruguay defeated Portugal 2-1 thanks to two goals by Edison Cavani who had to retire due to an injury. Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning, Paddy McKenna and Carl Kinsella featuring Senior Football Correspondent and font of wisdom Melissa Reddy.

France scored with all four of their shots on target against Argentina.

The South American team is at the top of the "fair play" table with only one yellow card at the World Cup.

Instead, Tabarez knows that the best way to nullify Ronaldo and heighten Uruguay's chances of reaching a World Cup semi-final, his side "will have to work collectively in order to try to limit the effect that he can have".

Two of the game's biggest players on one of the game's biggest stages walked together slowly with their arms around each other during a brief pause in the action. "He tried. The team didn't win because Uruguay scored twice".

The Real Madrid forward, who is now 33, helped his nation progress from their group and set up a tie with Uruguay in the last-16 of the tournament.

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Portugal's goal drought finally came to an end when defender Pepe delivered a flawless header into the net to equalise.

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"It is normal it was the time we were World Cup winners, so that is obviously what they remember", Mbappe said.

While Messi provided two assists in his side's valiant, albeit unsuccessful attempt to topple France, Ronaldo was responsible for a truly very bad display this weekend.

"The truth is, it was really exciting", Cavani said.

"I think there is often a mistaken assumption that possession leads to goal-scoring opportunities", said the former coach of Cagliari and AC Milan.

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"It's not the time to talk about the future when it comes to the players and coach", the Portugal captain said.

Ronaldo had a great start at the tournament in Russian Federation, scoring four goals in two matches, but he was held scoreless in the next two games as Portugal lost first place in its group and eventually was eliminated by Uruguay. You'll see the teams doing their best to win.

The pair combined for the opener, with Cavani's cross-field pass from the right flank finding Suarez.

Uruguay players used to have the reputation for being dirty.

Meanwhile, both Argentina, Portugal losing out means France lock-horns with Uruguay in the quarter-final for a semi-final spot.

Portugal had no Plan B to fall back on to answer Cavani's masterful strikes on either side of Pepe's headed goal in the 55th minute.

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"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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