Portugal hopes to count on Ronaldo to lead new generation

Uruguay will seek to summon up all their famous defensive spirit in Friday's quarter-final against France to shackle the Europeans' lighting-fast teenage top-scorer Kylian Mbappe.

The pair linked up excellently for Uruguay's first goal, Suarez playing in a cross for Cavani to head past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio. In what was one of Russia World Cup's most spectacular matches, 33-year-old Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo lit up the game with a hat-trick.

Ronaldo will be aged 37 by the time the next World Cup rolls around, but following the Selecao's earlier-than-expected exit from Russian Federation 2018, Santos insists that the five-time Ballon d'Or victor may stick around.

"I'd like to congratulate Uruguay, who scored twice, but I'd also like to praise Portugal for what they did".

After almost five and a half hours of football, it was the first goal Uruguay had let in at this World Cup - indeed it was the first they had conceded in 2018.

Keown said: 'Cavani has to thank Suarez today, but his movement has always been brilliant, finishing not always great, but for first he improvises brilliantly. "We tried our best and we played a good game", Santos said. Named as World's best player on five occasions by Federation Internationale de Football Association, he led his country to win the first European Championships trophy in 2016.

Edinson Cavani's two goals ensured Uruguay's victory against Portugal by 2-1.

Suarez revealed he had spoken to Argentina captain and Barcelona team mate Lionel Messi after his exit from the World Cup, but declined to give details.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker suffered a hamstring injury in the last-16 win over Portugal and was the only player not to take part in team training in Nizhny Novgorod on Tuesday.

"But we have a very strong team in terms of our mindset and I am very happy".

"We know that in Portugal, the squares are full, the people are together and rooting for us and we feel their presence here, so a word to the Portuguese people - we are very sad that we weren't able to make it", he told reporters. Griezmann's performance against Argentina was overshadowed by Mbappe's exceptional display, although he opened the scoring from the spot in the first half and hit the bar from a free kick.

"Uruguay is a south-American team very hard to play", Deschamps told French television program Telefoot on Sunday.

Although the "new generation" lost, the emotional Santos insisted that they "played a good game".

  • Stacy Allen