Brilliant Cavani brace fires Uruguay into last eight

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo

At 33, he may never again have the chance to lift a World Cup, joining Lionel Messi, who crashed out hours before with Argentina, as harboring forlorn hopes of taking his national team to the highest level.

One player who could significantly help Uruguay in trying to contain Ronaldo is defender Jose Maria Gimenez, who missed the group stage finale with a thigh injury. He combined with Luis Suarez to compete a series of precision passes to give Uruguay the early advantage with a header in the seventh minute.

Tabarez saluted man-of-the-match Cavani but said he was not sure whether the Paris St Germain striker, who limped off in the 74th minute, would be ready for next Friday's quarterfinal against France.

But while Ronaldo has scored four of his team's five goals at the showpiece event, Coates said Uruguay could not afford to focus only on the star forward.

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Uruguay's Edinson Cavani scores their first goal past Portugal's Rui Patricio in the World Cup "Round of 16" match in Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia, June 30, 2018.

"It's a match between the two teams, Portugal and Uruguay, and we'll do everything we can to win".

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Godin is an expert at keeping clean sheets, as the leader of an Atletico defence that is the most formidable in the European club game - they kept 34 in all competitions last season - and of an Uruguay side that has not conceded a goal in 2018 in six games.

Two-time world champion Uruguay hadn't reached the last eight at the World Cup since a fourth-place finish in 2010.

Portugal started group play with thrilling comeback to tie 3-3 against Spain, with Ronaldo notching a hat trick and punching in the tying goal in the 88th minute. He didn't manage to touch the ball a single time in Uruguay's box in the first half, such was its defensive tenacity. Just a few steps inside Portugal's half, Cavani hit Suarez with a pinpoint cross over the top of the back line, and immediately made a run behind the Portuguese defense. It is hard to play on your own.

Stopping Ronaldo. It was that simple for Uruguay.

Defender Jose Gimenez is set for a return for Uruguay after missing the victory over Russian Federation with a back injury.

No team works harder than Uruguay and they have a tough, disciplined defence marshalled by Diego Godin, a resolute midfield and world-class goalscorers in Cavani and Luis Suarez.

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