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Cavani Ronaldo and Suarez

Cavani Ronaldo and Suarez

Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez expressed his concern over Edinson Cavani's condition after the forward set up a World Cup quarter-final date with France.

Ronaldo has won absolutely everything in the game, at team and individual level, except for the World Cup.

SOCHI, RUSSIA-Luis Suarez believes any rivalry he may have with Cristiano Ronaldo is limited just to their club teams playing the past four years against each other in La Liga.

The South American team is at the top of the "fair play" table with only one yellow card at the World Cup.

Barcelona forward Messi, 31, has also never scored in the World Cup knockout stages and is reportedly considering his own worldwide future. "We have great players, a fantastic group".

"To my mind, Portugal played better than Uruguay".

Uruguay are on a flawless winning streak having won all three of their group stage games against Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia and are a side gaining momentum as they continue to progress through the tournament.

It took Portugal almost 60 minutes to answer, with a technically executed header by Pepe on 55 minutes following a high ball cross from the corner.

"It's not the time to talk about the future when it comes to the players and coach", he said.

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"We had our chances, but this is football", Ronaldo said.

Goals on Saturday - the most goals on a day of World Cup knockout football since 1970, when the two semi-finals produced 11 goals.

Suarez then cut inside and sent a pinpoint diagonal cross to the far post where Cavani slipped in unnoticed by seven Portugal players to score with a bullet header.

Uruguay, a two-time champion that reached the semifinals at the 2010 World Cup, will next face France on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod.

Uruguay will need him as they march on, his partnership in attack with Luis Suarez combining with a formidable defence that is arguably the best in global football.

"I'm very happy and it's flattering to be the second teenager (to score twice in the knock-out rounds) after Pele but let's put things in context: Pele is in another category, but it's good to be among these people", he said. Against Portugal, they looked well balanced and while they did concede, it was the first goal against them in 597 minutes of football, a run stretching back to August previous year.

Uruguay players used to have the reputation for being dirty.

"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".

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