Portugal 1-2 Uruguay |Cavani brace sends Ronaldo and Portugal packing

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Oscar Tabarez, remarkably in his 19th World Cup match as Uruguay coach, has built his side from the back and Pepe's 55th-minute goal for Portugal was the first they have conceded this year.

Uruguay will play France in their quarter-final on Friday.

It is an accusation often levelled at Portugal that they are a toothless team if Cristiano Ronaldo has an off day, but their victory in the Euro 2016 final with their talisman missing most of the game through injury is used as the ideal riposte to that suggestion.

Uruguay took seven minutes to regain the lead as Cavani completed his brace.

Following Lionel Messi and Argentina's earlier loss to France, the result arguably marked the second time in one day that the world's greatest player had been eliminated from the tournament.

Ronaldo, now 33 and still playing some of the best football of his life, failed to provide the spark Portugal needed against Uruguay.

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

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Cavani sent the ball across the field to Suarez, who aggressively dribbled to the top corner of the penalty area. Mulsera makes a howler, dropping the ball.it falls to Bernardo Silva who panics and blazes his shot over the bar with the goal gaping.

This was Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo's 38th game in World Cups/European Championships - no player has played in more across the two competitions (equal with Bastian Schweinsteiger).

Uruguay have the luxury of arguably the best attacking tandem at the World Cup, and with Cavani in this form and Suarez always capable of turning a match on its head, they could be very tough to stop in the latter stages of the tournament.

Ronaldo had an opportunity around the half-hour mark to score from a free kick 30 metres out but could only hit the wall.

Ronaldo nearly had a chance at goal on 20 minutes but a timely clearance by Gimenez six yards was enough to keep Ronaldo at bay. Crucially, though, Cavani and Uruguay had the ideal response.

After huffing and puffing his way through the opening two group matches, Uruguay's talisman Edinson Cavani has finally arrived at the party, and in some style.

Uruguay had not conceded in any of their six matches in 2018 but almost 10 hours of resistance came to an end courtesy of a simple set-piece move in the 55th minute.

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