Portugal coach Santos turns melancholic after defeat, hopes Ronaldo doesn't quit

However, the reality for Uruguay is they could be without one of their key pieces in this contest.

"We tried our best, but we're very sad for the Portuguese people that we weren't able to make it."

We could have witnessed the changing of the guard in Argentina's 4-3 loss to France.

"I do not know what's going on in his head, but this is the World Cup". Anything can happen in a knockout match, and though Portugal performed well against the Uruguayans and could have emerged winners, Ronaldo was in sporting mood.

"There is another tournament starting in September and of course we hope Cristiano will be with us to help the younger players grow", Santos said. "I do not know if it is for him".

"Cavani, who has three goals this tournament, is now in a race to prove his fitness ahead of Uruguay's quarter-final clash against France on Friday in Nizhny".

The latter is the godfather of Griezmann's daughter. Thrown in at the deep end by the former Uruguayan player, Griezmann was taken under the wing of another Charrua, team-mate Carlos Bueno. For all of Messi's quality he can't prevent a goalkeeping mistake like Caballero's against Croatia nor can he win the ball, create the chance and score the goal every single time which it often seems like he is trying to do for Argentina. The Frenchman also became a fan of Uruguayan club Penarol and learned the chants sung among its supporters.

Uruguay's Diego Godin and Luis Suarez celebrate after the match.

Unlike Suarez, others believe Griezmann has grasped what it means to be from the South American country.

Get up to a $200 bonus when you bet on Uruguay vs. France! . "It could be a very special match for him. Uruguay have shown we depend on collective work on the pitch".

Edinson Cavani, who failed to finish the match after suffering a late injury, scored a superb goal in each half, and although Pepe scored in-between, it was not enough to halt the Uruguayans, who have now won all four of their matches so far in Russian Federation. "We're here to play all seven matches, right up until the final, and we will see what happens". Coach Sampaoli, whose only game plan appeared to be to feed Messi, tried different formations, but left the defence exposed against the Croatian wingers and then the Olympic pace of Kylian Mbappe of France.

For the tournament in Russia, Santos brought 13 players from the Euro 2016 squad, including nine of the players who started in the final against France.

  • Stacy Allen