Cristiano Ronaldo should play on for Portugal, coach urges after exit

Uruguay Vs. Portugal Live Stream: Watch World Cup 2018 Game Online

Uruguay Vs. Portugal Live Stream: Watch World Cup 2018 Game Online

The reigning European champions were undone by two Edinson Cavani goals for Uruguay in their last-16 tie in Sochi, despite Pepe bringing them level at one point early in the second half.

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. Uruguay is the only team that didn't concede a goal in the first round - in a group containing Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Their concrete style starts at the back, an animal-like defensive line including Atletico Madrid pairing Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin, arguably the best central defensive duo in world football.

Star player Luis Suarez scored twice as Uruguay defeated Egypt, Saudi Arabia and hosts Russian Federation to set up a Round of 16 tie with reigning European champions, Portugal.

Receiving the ball on the left, Suarez glanced up just briefly, and saw Cavani lurking outside the box before whipping in a ferocious cross to the back post for his team-mate turn home.

Suarez nearly doubled the lead from a free-kick midway through the first half that forced a good save from Rui Patricio.

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. However, it only ended with disappointment as Portugal lost 2-1.

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Russian Federation 2018 was the 33-year-old's third World Cup and it's unlikely he will be available for Qatar four years time.

Uruguay took seven minutes to regain the lead as Cavani completed his brace.

Coach Oscar Tabarez spoke ahead of the game about his team's togetherness and deep-rooted unity, with many of his players having first emerged during Uruguay's 2011 Copa America triumph, and their club mentality was on show against Portugal.

Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera did nearly gift them another equaliser, dropping a high ball at the feet of Bernardo Silva, but the Manchester City man could only volley over.

However, the Paris St Germain frontman limped off during the second half with a leg injury, which has raised major doubts over whether he will be fit enough to face the French.

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