Cristiano Ronaldo's post-match comments were the epitome of class

His four-goal tally in three games - including a hat-trick against Spain - had Portugal dreaming of their first World Cup quarter-final appearance since 2006.

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani scored a superb brace to give his side a 2-1 win over European champions Portugal in their World Cup round-of-16 match.

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't find the spark for Das Quinas as Uruguay defended like packs of wolves, snuffing out any danger in groups of twos and threes, preventing Portugal from infiltrating the penalty area.

Portugal equalised 10 minutes after half-time through Pepe's header but Cavani restored Uruguay's lead with a sumptuous finish past Fernando Muslera.

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.

According to Federation Internationale de Football Association, at 31 he is the oldest Uruguayan to score a World Cup brace, 108 days older than Diego Forlan who scored twice against South Africa in 2010.

Suarez and Cavani combined brilliantly for the seventh-minute opener on Russia's Black Sea coast. The South Americans work the ball to Cavani who has time to consider his options on the edge of the box. he wraps his body around the ball, curling an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

He said: 'It's not the right time to talk about my future, or about the coach or any of the players. Uruguay is the only team that didn't concede a goal in the first round - in a group containing Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Cavani's goals, in the seventh and 62nd minutes of the game, were his second and third strikes at the World Cup, following his effort in Uruguay's 3-0 win over Russian Federation in the group stage.

Suarez was close to adding a second with a 21st-minute free-kick but Rui Patricio was alert to beat away the low strike, before Ronaldo hit the wall with a set-piece opportunity at the other end.

Uruguay's hero of the evening, Cavani had to be substituted due to what looked like to be a muscle pull. He also joined Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler as the only players to score in four World Cups. Pepe came in behind and Uruguay finally surrendered its first goal of the tournament in the 55th minute.

  • Stacy Allen