Edinson Cavani scored twice as Uruguay shattered Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup dream with a 2-1 triumph over Portugal here Saturday.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani twisted home an eminent 62nd-minute champ to settle an exciting second round duel in Sochi which sends Uruguay into a quarter-final against France next Friday.
Cavani had just placed Uruguay in front at an opportune time, just for Pepe to head Portugal level in the 55th minute in an exciting challenge that was not the battle of weakening many anticipated.
Pepe’s goal was the first time through the South Americans’ defense had been broken in this competition, yet they stood firm after that and are starting to look like genuine contenders moving into the last stages in Russia.
The main drawback for Oscar Tabarez’s side was seeing Cavani limping off late on, bringing up an issue check over his wellness for one week from now’s last eight showdown with the French in Nizhny Novgorod.
Then, European champions Portugal go home, as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi bow out of the opposition around the same time.
Conversely, Uruguay walk on with ostensibly the best defense in international football and extraordinary compared to other strike pairings anyplace.
Suarez and Cavani consolidated splendidly for the seventh-minute opener on Russia’s Black Sea drift.
Cavani chose Suarez on the left with a cross-field ball, before proceeding with his keep running into the penalty territory and meeting the Barcelona striker’s arrival conveyance at the back post, the ball smacking off his face and flying in.
Suarez relatively multiplied the lead from a free-kick halfway through the first half that constrained a decent save from Rui Patricio.
In the mean time, Ronaldo did not contact the ball once in the opposition territory in the first period. Be that as it may, with Uruguay sitting back, Portugal equalized 10 minutes into the second half.
A corner was played short to Raphael Guerreiro, and his cross from the left was going home from short proximity by Pepe, ascending high above Diego Godin in the territory.
After about five and a half hour of football, it was the 1st goal Uruguay had let in at this World Cup – for sure it was the 1sty they had surrendered in 2018.
Yet, their reaction to that was sublime as they went rapidly retook the lead, Rodrigo Bentancur teeing up Cavani for a brilliant first-time twisting strike into the far corner on his correct foot.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos hurled his hands in disgust, understanding that originating from behind a second time against this Uruguay defense would have been a difficult request.
Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera did nearly blessing them another equalizer, dropping a high ball at the feet of Bernardo Silva, however the Manchester City man could just volley over.
Cavani at that point must be offed by Ronaldo before watching rest of the game from the dugout with ice in calf injury.
His side waited, and in the event that he recuperates, Cavani would now be able to anticipate coming up against his Paris Saint-Germain strike accomplice Kylian Mbappe, so amazing for France against Argentina.
In any case, Mbappe is probably not going to locate the Uruguayan defnse so obliging.