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Ronaldo, Portugal unable to continue great run at World Cup

06 July, 2018, 05:03 | Author: Delia Walker
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Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani missed Monday's training and remains a doubt for this week's World Cup quarterfinal against France, though a muscle tear has been ruled out.

Ronaldo's 24-year-old model girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez attended the Round of 16 game, where Portugal lost to Uruguay 1-2 and were ousted from the World Cup.

"We have played without Edinson already, during qualification, and the team adapted to the situation", explained Suarez.

However, he was largely a peripheral figure in the defeat to Uruguay, being upstaged by Uruguay frontman Edison Cavani, who struck a stunning brace as Portugal went down to a 2-1 defeat.

The Real Madrid star will be 37 by the time of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but Santos still hopes to see Ronaldo add to his 154 caps and 85 worldwide goals.

In the match against Morocco Ronaldo scored the opener for Portugal in the fourth minute by outmuscling his marker and firing in a bullet header after a Joao Moutinho corner at Luzhniki Stadium.




Their dependable goalkeeper Fernando Muslera would make them the envy of their bigger rivals Argentina, beaten 4-3 by France earlier in the day after a chaotic campaign. Uruguay was tight in defence, and they had only six shots on target in their previous three group matches. We'll see what happens, we'll do [medical] exams. Only team-mate Luis Suarez has now.

NAIJ.com previously reported that Uruguay defeated Portugal 2-1 to become the second country to reach Russian Federation 2018 quarter finals.

Oscar Tabarez, the Uruguay coach, praised the dedication of the players showed on the pitch.

"If each one of us manages to do what we know we can, then we can achieve this". Five of France's starters in the first group match had never played in the World Cup, including Mbappe.

Pepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament. They have two exceptional strikers, Griezmann and Mbappe - they're very fast indeed. "A hard match is expecting us".

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

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