Monday, 12 November, 2018

Uruguay relies on savvy, smarts to reach World Cup quarters

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Sergio Cook | 03 July, 2018, 01:25

And just like that, he joined Messi in heading out of Russian Federation and out of the World Cup.

The stage was set for Cristiano Ronaldo. "There is a fantastic group with enormous ambition that wants to succeed and I am very confident that the national team will continue to be at the highest level".

Soccer Football - World Cup - Round of 16 - Uruguay vs Portugal - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 30, 2018 Uruguay's Diego Godin and Luis Suarez celebrate after the match. On the same day, Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina's loss, the other "GOAT" at this tournament was also eliminated. I wonder how people are in Uruguay.

Uruguay are on a ideal winning streak having won all three of their group stage games against Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia and are a side gaining momentum as they continue to progress through the tournament.

"Now it's not the time to talk about the future", Ronaldo said.

"We require the little ones who are only 13 years old to say hello, to say thank you to the kit man and to the waiter who takes their plates away". The two players who have dominated the Ballon d'Or for a decade are now forced to take a backseat for the remainder of the greatest show on Earth.

"The truth is, it was really exciting", Cavani said.

But by defeating the reigning European champions, the two-time World Cup winners will face France in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday with hopes of making it to the semifinals and keeping alive the prospect of an all-South American clash in the final.

"I think there is often a mistaken assumption that possession leads to goal-scoring opportunities", said the former coach of Cagliari and AC Milan.

The Portugal skipper further said that he is happy with kind of efforts put in by the players and asserted that this team will continue to win in the future.

There is always competition to earn a place in the team, but things are easier "when they have given you the rules and everything is done based on our sacred word. which is respect".

The pair combined for the opener, with Cavani's cross-field pass from the right flank finding Suarez.

Portugal haven't reached the World Cup quarter-finals since 2006, when a young Ronaldo led the team to the last four.

Portugal had no Plan B to fall back on to answer Cavani's masterful strikes on either side of Pepe's headed goal in the 55th minute.

The Real Madrid star exited his fourth World Cup in disappointment after two goals from Edinson Cavani saw the Uruguayans advance to the last eight on Saturday.

"We have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez said.

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