Ronaldo out of World Cup after loss to Uruguay

Luis Suarez Cristiano Ronaldo

Uruguay have yet to concede a goal in Russian Federation, although going forward they have relied mainly on set pieces to score their goals.

Bernardo Silva looked impressive and showed a number of clever touches, but this was all by design by Uruguay.

44 - Luis Suarez is down with an apparent head injury and play is stopped but he appears OK.

Asked whether Saturday's contest with Uruguay could be "boring", Portugal boss Fernando Santos told a press conference: "No, I don't think so". Uruguay looking much more comfortable than the Portuguese. Uruguay still leads, 1-0. Suarez made Patricio produce a one-handed save from a free kick in the 22nd minute.

6th minute - Ronaldo gives it a rip from outside the box but can't convert it.

There are many possible factors for Europe's grip on the World Cup, but South America's contribution to the world game is at least on a par with Europe, with so many of its players starring for European clubs.

Ronaldo sliced another attempt wide and was booked for protesting after the referee declined to give a foul on Quaresma - but neither he nor Portugal could find a way through in four minutes of stoppage time as Uruguay held on to their lead to set up a quarterfinal against France on Friday.

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Three minutes into the second half and they were ahead, Messi curling a shot hopefully towards Hugo Lloris in the France goal and right back Mercado reacting instinctively to deflect the ball into the net. Crucially, though, Cavani and Uruguay had the ideal response. It is Luis Suarez vs Pepe.

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani scored with both of his shots on target tonight.

Uruguay and Portugal have never faced each other at a World Cup before.

That doesn't sound like a player who is ready to give up on what has been a life-long World Cup dream and Ronaldo insisted he has enjoyed Russian Federation 2018 despite the outcome for his team.

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.

Portugal, who won Euro 2016 in France, dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving captain Cristiano Ronaldo a frustrated figure during the entire match.

Instead, Tabarez knows that the best way to nullify Ronaldo and heighten Uruguay's chances of reaching a World Cup semi-final, his side "will have to work collectively in order to try to limit the effect that he can have".

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