Portugal ousted by a Uruguay, superior version of themselves

Lynette Rowe
July 4, 2018

The Uruguay team proved to be too much for Portugal to handle, as Edinson Cavani scored twice in the seventh and 62nd minute, while Pepe scored once for Portugal, edging out Portugal 2-1. Doctors inform that Cavani has already started rehabilitation and perform some exercise. They both emerged from Uruguay's Baby Football, which grooms children between ages 4 and 13, to play together at different levels, including the under-20 World Cup.

Cavani, 31, scored both goals as Uruguay booked a quarter-final with France next Friday - but left the pitch with 16 minutes remaining. According to coach Oscar Tabarez the Paris Saint-Germain striker is "in pain", but a scan on his calf confirmed there is no tear to the muscle.

And when Uruguay got its chance to counter, it was deadly with the combo of Suarez and Cavani. Uruguay have yet to concede a goal in Russian Federation, although going forward they have relied mainly on set pieces to score their goals.

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring their first goal.

Meanwhile, social networks continue to debate the outcome of the match of 1/8 final of the world Cup between Uruguay and Portugal, which ended with the score 2:1 in favor of the South American team.

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He curled in a first-time right-foot shot from Rodrigo Bentancur's pass to beat Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio before going off injured in the 74th minute as the Uruguay defence dug in to hold on to their lead.

On Saturday, they faced a team who did the same things more effectively as they went down to only their second defeat in 28 competitive matches under the grizzled Santos. "We will have to work collectively in order to try and contain him or in order to try and limit the effect he can have". The match just ended. "You need to really concentrate to make sure he is not successful against you, but that is very hard".

"There is a tournament in September and we hope Cristiano will be with us to help the players grow". "But we have a very strong team in terms of our mindset". "We know that France will be very tough indeed".

"At this stage we still believe we have room for improvement", Alves said.

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