Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has left calf injury

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has left calf injury

"But we have a very strong team in terms of our mindset". The victor will face Brazil or Belgium.

The European champions equalised when Pepe headed home following a short corner, but Uruguay swept up the field and carved them open once more, with Cavani firing home his second and Portugal unable to respond.

Messi has never scored in the knockout stages of the World Cup for Argentina.

Keown said: 'Cavani has to thank Suarez today, but his movement has always been brilliant, finishing not always great, but for first he improvises brilliantly. "But let's put things in perspective".

Perhaps even enough to give France fits in the quarterfinals.

Suarez during a press conference showered kind words on the striker's ability and fighting spirit. But this didn't eclipse his efforts and determination in his fourth World Cup trip.

France earned a tight 1-0 win over Peru in the group stage, a result that ensured passage to the round of 16.

Messi played at his first World Cup in 2006, helping the team reach the quarterfinals.

"You need some patience", Deschamps said.

To be fair, Portugal had four impressive performances in Russian Federation, including the one against Uruguay at the Fisht Stadium.

On Saturday, the Euro 2016 winners failed to find a way out of their problems, with Ronaldo largely ineffective against Uruguay's well-organised defence and close man-marking, and he appeared frustrated with the lack of delivery from midfield.

The match will showcase several cross-border friendships.

Uruguay's Diego Godin and Luis Suarez celebrate after the match. "And it came true".

Uruguay earned its date with the star-filled French by ousting Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal 2-1 in the round of 16, the first true test of the tournament for Uruguay after La Celeste cruised through the group stage by dispatching Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation without allowing a goal.

His absence would be a blow to the South Americans, but defense is the real key with coach Oscar Tabarez expecting to see less of the ball.

"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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