Uruguay concern over Edinson Cavani injury after Portugal win

Cavani Ronaldo and Suarez

Uruguay captain Diego Godin is the leader of the only defence yet to concede a goal in the World Cup and the Atletico Madrid defender's wealth of experience in facing Cristiano Ronaldo will come in handy in his side's last 16 clash with Portugal.

A short corner was worked to Guerreiro and Uruguay did not respond to the threat, the left-back delivering a superb cross that defender Pepe finished brilliantly with a downward header.

The forwards' eventual victor was another stunning strike, opening up his body to curl a right-footed strike past Rui Patricio to finish a counter attack that began from his own area, to cancel out a Pepe equalizer.

"I don't think it will be a duel between Suarez and Ronaldo", Alves said on Thursday. And we didn't have to wait too long for another goal, as Uruguay's Cavani scored a second goal just seven minutes later.

"This team will continue to be one of the best in the world, with quality players, a young group, united". Suarez, along with Edinson Cavani will threaten the Portuguese defence.

With six minutes gone, Bernardo Silva made progress down the other flank and laid the ball off to Ronaldo, who blasted a first-time effort straight at keeper Fernando Muslera.

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 quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Pepe gave Portugal some hope when he found the equaliser in the 55th minute.

EARLY GOAL It was a five-pass build-up from deep in its own end that culminated in Uruguay's first goal, and the final two passes were ideal. Twelve of those have been assisted by Luis Suarez.

But their response to that was magnificent as they went quickly retook the lead, Rodrigo Bentancur teeing up Cavani for a magnificent first-time curling strike into the far corner on his right foot.

The full backs try to get forward and the midfield diamond works efficiently. It was a goal worthy of winning any match.

He had to be helped off the pitch by Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo and was replaced by Cristhian Stuani in the 74th minute of the game at the Fisht Stadium.

Uruguay performed well in their group matches.

Ronaldo versus Suarez has an obvious appeal, with their club rivalries and knack of dominating the headlines.

Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Cavani, Neymar and so many others are leading lights in Europe, so it is crucial for the game that South America goes deep into this World Cup.

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

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