FPJ's dream XI predictions for Uruguay vs Portugal

Virginia Santiago
July 1, 2018

CRISTIANO Ronaldo couldn't inspire Portugal to a win as it went down 2-1 to Uruguay in their World Cup Round of 16 clash on Sunday morning (AEST), but that doesn't mean he wasn't a hot topic of discussion.

Following Lionel Messi and Argentina's earlier loss to France, the result arguably marked the second time in one day that the world's greatest player had been eliminated from the tournament.

But Cavani secured Uruguay's place in the last eight - and a trip to Nizhny Novgorod to face France on Friday - when he steered a brilliant shot beyond goalkeeper Rui Patricio. "It's exciting. there are no words to describe this". And if Uruguay can lock out Ronaldo again and send European champions Portugal home, Godin will surely have a lot to do with it.

It was from another sort of dead-ball delivery that Portugal found a chink in the armour, Pepe equalising with a header from a corner after the break.

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Uruguay topped Group A with three victories, scoring five goals and keeping three clean sheets, and they looked close to their best when thumping host nation Russian Federation 3-0 in the final group game. The Paris Saint-Germain marksman, who now has three goals to his name this tournament, also showcased his usual selfless running and pressing before being forced off with injury.

"When it comes to the rivalry with Ronaldo at club level, that's a different thing altogether", Suarez said.

Uruguay showed why they were on a run of six games without conceding a goal this year.

After huffing and puffing his way through the opening two group matches, Uruguay's talisman Edinson Cavani has finally arrived at the party, and in some style.

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Brazil struggled in its opening two matches, first held to a 1-1 draw and then needing late goals to win the other. Ivan Perisic scored a late victor to send the Eastern Europeans through to the next stage of the competition.

Like Messi, Ronaldo has never scored in a knockout round match at the World Cup. Cavani's beauty of a second goal will steal the headlines but the opener was arguably just as good.

The two sides have only played each other twice previously. His shot was deflected out by Portugal defender.

INJURY CONCERN While Uruguay is advancing, it now must be concerned with the status of Cavani after he limped off the field and immediately called for a substitute.

Stopping Ronaldo. It was that simple for Uruguay. It was taken short, and the final header by Jose Fonte went wide of Uruguay goal.

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Uruguay centre-back Jose Gimenez could return to the side after missing the game with Russian Federation with a back injury.

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