Ronaldo's Portugal eliminated by Uruguay

Oscar Tabarez rates Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world

Oscar Tabarez rates Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world

The opening goal against Portugal was the first time this World Cup we saw the full extent of just what a fully unleashed Cavani and Suarez might be capable of doing.

The teams will face off at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday in Sochi, Russia, in the 2018 World Cup Round of 16.

Cavani was forced to leave the game in the 74th minute and limped off the field with the assistance of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Defeat for the European champions finished Cristiano Ronaldo's hopes of success in Russian Federation just hours after Lionel Messi and Argentina were knocked out, beaten 4-3 by Les Bleus. In reaching the Round of 16, Portugal have improved on their showing at the 2014 World Cup where they were eliminated at the group stages.

Cristiano Ronaldo became the second big name player to crash out of the World Cup today after Portugal were beaten 2-1 by Uruguay.

Tabarez praised the determination of his side after they withstood waves of pressure from Portugal, following Cavani's 55th minute strike, which regained the lead for Uruguay. Messi's Argentina lost to France in the other game of the day.

Still, at least Ronaldo managed to, briefly, claim the talking point of this year's competition after his tremendous hat-trick against Spain.

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This defeat will come as a major disappointment to Portugal, who would have hoped for a better finish in the World Cup having entered the tournaments as reigning champions of Europe.

At 33, Ronaldo is still the most important player in Fernando Santos' team, but it really is a case that if you stop Ronaldo, you beat Portugal.

Sebastian Coates had started in his place and, had he started, Ronaldo would have relished the chance to play against him.

Bernardo Silva drove in a low cross that deflected over as Portugal began to run out of time, and then Nandez was replaced by Carlos Sanchez for Uruguay.

Tabarez said: 'When I walked out to the pitch I could hear our captain saying that we are playing for the father, the mother, the neighbour the brother and to give it your best.

"If Cristiano plays by himself, Portugal is going to lose", Santos said.

With or without Cavani, though, Uruguay will make it tough for France and should not be written off.

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