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Which means arguably two of the best footballers in the world will retire without helping their nation win a World Cup. But there was no late video review to benefit Portugal as Ronaldo's fourth World Cup came to an uneventful end. On the same day, Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina's loss, the other "GOAT" at this tournament was also eliminated.

"We know that they were tight in the midfield, so we had some players playing wide to try to unblock the Uruguay defence, In the first half we did it less well".

Portugal's flank players created some set-piece sutuations but they couldn't yield the desired equaliser as Uruguay saw off the last anxious moments by doing putting in a heavy defending shift.

'We did not hold back at all.

When the former Manchester United player had flat game In Portugal's final group stage outing against Iran, Ricardo Quaresma chipped in with a goal to see Porgual over the line, and might have again, had his extra time effort not been fired straight into the waiting hands of Muslera. "He has a great potential obviously and in planning the match, especially focusing on the opponent and considering the level that every player has ... what Ronaldo has on top of the qualities is that he's the leader of that team".

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

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Uruguay, a two-time champion that reached the semifinals at the 2010 World Cup, will next face France on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod.

However, Portugal boss Fernando Santos expects to call on Ronaldo for the next global break in September. "I learned that in Italy when I was working there", said Tabarez, who coached at Cagliari and briefly AC Milan in the 1990s.

The Real Madrid star will be 37 by the time of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but Portugal manager Fernando Santos believes Ronaldo will remain committed to the national team. They won all three group games without conceding a goal and beat Portugal with two brilliant goals from Edinson Cavani, who then came off after reporting discomfort in his left hamstring. "I never said Cristiano wants to play alone", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

There is always competition to earn a place in the team, but things are easier "when they have given you the rules and everything is done based on our sacred word. which is respect".

His first goal on Saturday involved an incredible, cross-field combination with Luis Suarez.

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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