Edinson Cavani: Cristiano Ronaldo carries injured star off pitch

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A sublime brace from Edinson Cavani was enough to sink Portugal in a pulsating last 16 clash in Sochi and dash Cristiano Ronaldo's dreams of clinching an elusive World Cup.

Uruguay, world champions in 1930 and 1950, will play France, who beat Argentina 4-3 earlier in the day, on July 6 in Nizhny Novgorod.

Ronaldo has pulled off the look when taking free kicks throughout the World Cup in Russian Federation, but whatever benefits he believes showing off his legs give him from set pieces weren't evident in a thrilling match that saw Uruguay advance to the quarter-finals.

Edinson Cavani latches onto the end of a Luis Suarez cross to nod in Uruguay's opener. It was Cavani who floated a cross-field ball to Suarez on the opposite flank before sprinting to the far post.

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Pepe came in behind and Uruguay finally surrendered their first goal of the tournament in the 55th minute.

Portugal, meanwhile, muddled through their group with draws against Spain and Iran and a fortuitous win over Morocco but that is unlikely to bother their grizzled coach Fernando Santos, who is always happy for his team to be considered the ugly ducklings.

Guerreiro fired over from the edge of the box after a corner had fallen to him, and then Ronaldo laid the ball back to Adrien Silva, whose shot was deflected behind for a 55th-minute corner. Just a few steps inside Portugal's half, Cavani hit Suarez with a pinpoint cross over the top of the back line, and immediately made a run behind the Portuguese defense.

Suarez and Cavani were back in tandem as the teams came off for half-time complaining at the referee and his assistants.

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Without their star man, Portugal won their first-ever major honour by defeating France in Paris, but as impressive as that success was, the French also played a big part in their own downfall.

"Today we committed a mistake that led to the equaliser, but we have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez added, citing the value of his team's "intensity, focus and tactical intuition".

Portugal have been dragged to unprecedented heights by Ronaldo over the years, but he now needs help to keep them among the world's elite. The Uruguayans had gone 598 minutes since November 2017 without allowing a goal. He combined with Luis Suarez to compete a series of precision passes to give Uruguay the early advantage with a header in the seventh minute.

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