Portugal fail to show they are more than just Ronaldo

Portugal fail to show they are more than just Ronaldo

Portugal fail to show they are more than just Ronaldo

Cavani had already put Uruguay in front early on, only for Pepe to head Portugal level in the 55th minute in a thrilling contest that was not the battle of attrition many predicted.

Ronaldo will be almost 38 by the time the next World Cup comes around in Qatar in 2022.

Fernando Santos, coach of Portugal who has reached the knockout stages in major tournament for the fourth time, said: "Cristiano still has a lot to give to football and I hope he will stay to help the young players grow and develop".

Rumours had it that Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portugal national will be retiring from global football after a shocking exit from the World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation following their 2-0 defeat to Uruguay. Cavani said he felt a pain and couldn't continue, but was hopeful he could recover in time to be on the field against France.

While Mbappe was the most influential player on the pitch, Argentina's Angel Di Maria and France full back Benjamin Pavard fought out a private contest for the best goal of the contest with two magnificent long-range strikes.

Girona forward Stuani replaced Cavani, after the latter had scored both goals in Uruguay s 2-1 victory against Portugal.

It meant Cristiano Ronaldo was knocked out of the tournament - hours after Lionel Messi and Argentina were also eliminated, beaten 4-3 by Les Bleus.

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Cavani scored twice as Uruguay beat Portugal in the last-16 of the World Cup at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.

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"He is an exceptional player", said Uruguay's veteran coach Oscar Tabarez.

"About Mbappe, everybody knows he's a really good player, he's like (Thierry) Henry a few years ago", Uruguay's own hotshot Luis Suarez told reporters after training on Tuesday. "I'm sure the national team will remain as one of the best in the world".

Portugal will take part in the inaugural UEFA Nations League later this year, beginning against Italy in September.

"I am confident and happy because this team will always fight with all their strength", he said.

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