Cavani injury update offers mixed news for Uruguay ace

Cavani injury update offers mixed news for Uruguay ace

Nailing the World Cup with your country's limited team will always be a greater achievement than winning everything in club football with expensive squads comprising world's best players picked from different countries.

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

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez lauded his side's dedication and commitment on Saturday after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Portugal took them into the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Remarkably, neither Ronaldo nor Messi have managed to score a single goal in a knockout tie in four World Cups going back to 2006.

Pepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament.

Ronaldo played a pivotal role in France during Portugal's triumphant campaign two years ago, and during the tournament in Russian Federation he became Europe's top global goal-scorer and only second in the world to Iran's Ali Daei.

He was a lot calmer after the match, politely shaking the referee's hand and smiling as he slowly walked past reporters without taking any questions.

"First of all, congratulations to Uruguay", said the dejected 63-year-old tactician.

Earlier, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he hoped Ronaldo would remain part of the global set-up.

Luis Suarez plays down Cristiano Ronaldo feud ahead of last-16 tie
Ronaldo won Euro 2016 with Portugal and has proven himself to be his country's greatest ever player. Edinson Cavani latches onto the end of a Luis Suarez cross to nod in Uruguay's opener.

"About Mbappe, everybody knows he's a really good player, he's like (Thierry) Henry a few years ago", Uruguay's own hotshot Luis Suarez told reporters after training on Tuesday. "There is a tournament (the UEFA Nations League) in September and we hope Cristiano will be with us to help the players grow". He can help the younger players with his knowledge.

Even after a three-day rest, Cavani is still in pain and the coaching staff need to decide whether it is too much of a risk for him to play.

Portugal lost the match because of smashing kicks by Cavani but still, Ronaldo came forward to give his shoulder to the injured opponent.

It is still unclear if Cavani will start the France game on the bench or not.

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

"We have many young players and it is important to have our captain there".

With or without Ronaldo, Portugal will return to the field on September 10, when it will make its Nations League against Italy.

Uruguay's own impressive front line may be without Edinson Cavani, who suffered a calf injury after scoring two fabulous goals against Portugal in the last 16.

The leader of Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to score a goal in the match of 1/8 final of the 2018 world Cup.