Uruguay's Cavani has swollen calf, not tear, as France loom

06 July, 2018, 05:01 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • World Cup diary: Spain prepare for last-16 test

Following Portugal's defeat at the hands of Uruguay in the 2018 FIFA World Cup on June 30, the team's striker Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend was trolled by angry fans.

For the player of real Madrid FIFA world Cup in Russian Federation became the fourth in his career, he participated in the world Championships 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Benjamin Pavard scored a wonderful half-volley to equalise, and then Mbappe, superb throughout, became the first teenager to score two in a World Cup match since Pele netted twice for Brazil against Sweden in the 1958 final to put France 4-2 ahead.

Both Portugal and Lionel Messi's Argentina were knocked out from the round last-16. "That was an incredible play, they have never scored like that before". He, along with his fellow Luis Suarez, strategized well against Portugal and were able t pull them down.

Cavani got his second and the decisive goal with an exquisite finish as he opens up his body and struck the ball with his right foot.

Suarez and Cavani were born there three weeks apart in Salto, the second largest city in Uruguay.

Portugal had more than 60 percent of possession.

The European Champions nearly equalized soon after the goal, as Jose Fonte nodded on a cross from Borussia Dortmund defender Raphael Guerreiro, which was wide.

But the draw didn't last long.


"Cavani is well", Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur said in Monday's news conference.

Portugal were so close to level again in the 70 minute when Silva's drove the shot above the bar. "We have many young players who desire to achieve team success", he said.

Cristiano Ronaldo managed a smile despite departing Russian Federation on the back of World Cup heartache as he flew home with the Portugal team on Sunday.

"Organization of the world Cup I was pleasantly surprised".

Ronaldo will be a 37-year-old at the beginning of the Quatar World Cup 2022, and there are speculations if Russian Federation will be his last World Cup stop.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos hopes Ronaldo will be available for the start of the Nations League in September.

"It's time to say goodbye and for the younger players to step in", said Javier Mascherano, who at 34 said he was retiring from the national team.

Oscar Tabarez, the Uruguay coach, praised the dedication of the players showed on the pitch. "We have a young and ambitious squad", he said.

"It was hard", he continued. "It's going to be a great game to play in and a really emotional experience too". "But we have a very strong team in terms of our mindset".

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