Cavani did not tear calf muscle, confirm Uruguay

Cavani did not tear calf muscle, confirm Uruguay

"It was hard. Portugal had more possession and were often in our half of the pitch, and it would have been better for us to have more of the ball and play the game closer to their goal". In Russia, the same narrative persisted with Ronaldo's hat-trick in the thriller against Spain and the victor against Morocco.

Later in Sochi, Ronaldo - who started the World Cup with a hat-trick against Spain - was powerless to prevent Portugal slipping out of the tournament as Edinson Cavani scored two brilliant goals in a 2-1 win to send the European champions home.

Living up to his billing as the home side's only real star, the 32-year-old shot-stopper made a series of saves in regular time to keep the scoreline at 1-1 and then in extra time, before keeping out Koke and Iago Aspas's spot-kicks to secure victory for Russian Federation.

"This team will continue to be one of the best in the world, with quality players, a young group, united".

Other goals for France were scored through Antoine Griezmann and Benjamin Pavard. Anything can happen in a knockout match, and though Portugal performed well against the Uruguayans and could have emerged winners, Ronaldo was in sporting mood.

Cristiano Ronaldo "still has a lot to give football", says Fernando Santos, with Portugal expecting their skipper to report for UEFA Nations League duty.

Finch occupying crease hitting 68 with 4 fours and 6 sixes
Earlier, Hasan Ali managed to remove D'Arcy Short in his first over, but all of it accounted for nothing but his birthday present. Four overs later, his 15th four took Australia's score to 200, and Finch then moved beyond 150 with a swipe to deep midwicket.

The Selecao lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the last 16, with Ronaldo successfully nullified by both Diego Godin and Jose Luis Gimenez.

That means Lionel Messi's dream to lift the World Cup trophy is over once again, and maybe this time, forever. At 31-years-old, speculations had it also that Messi's would retire from worldwide football.

Portugal had an average age of 27 in Russian Federation, with nine players over 30, including numerous starters.

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

"Organization of the world Cup I was pleasantly surprised". "In the first half we didn't manage quite well with less intensity. but in the second half, we did better in circulating". For over a decade these two players have been on a different planet when compared to their peers but when it comes to the World Cup it seems neither's country could reach the promised land.

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