Ronaldo follows Messi out of World Cup as Uruguay beat Portugal

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Even before the tournament began, Suarez and Cavani stood out as one of the World Cup's deadliest duos; they scored a combined 71 goals last season for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively. Suarez made Patricio produce a one-handed save from a free kick in the 22nd minute.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez admits there is concern in the camp but will wait for medical results before making any further statement.

In planning the match, focusing on our opponent and considering the level that every player has, what Ronaldo has on top of all of these qualities is that he is the leader of that team. "You don't prepare a match just looking at one player".

Portugal's loss means there will be no quarter-final showdown between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, whose Argentina were knocked out by France earlier on Saturday.

It was a hammer blow for Portugal given that Uruguay had not conceded in their previous six games, and the South Americans' ability to get bodies behind the ball began to frustrate the European champions.

Luis Suarez, left photo, and Cristiano Ronaldo will square off in the Uruguay-Portugal showdown in Sochi on Saturday.

34 minute: Portugal are pressing hard to equalise but fail to hold the ball in the final third.

This World Cup has not been short of stunning goals and Cavani added another to the collection when he opened the scoring early on, playing a superb one-two with Luis Suarez before thumping home a header from his strike partner's cross.

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Cavani now has three goals at the World Cup, but limped off in the 70th minute with an apparent injury and had to be replaced.

Portugal had 61 percent of the possession and four times as many shots at goal as the Uruguayans, but Tabarez dismissed possession as a mere statistic and said what mattered was creating and converting chances.

Uruguay won all three of their group matches, beating hosts Russian Federation 3-0 in their last outing, and are the only team yet to concede a goal at the tournament.

For all of Portugal's endeavour for an equaliser, Uruguay showed standout organisation to silence the Iberians and they nearly doubled their lead, Suarez forcing a smart reaction save from Patricio, who dived late to palm away the forward's free kick from the bottom corner.

"This is a World Cup and of course we're all defending and we're all working for our national teams, and that's the essential aspect".

This is the first time Uruguay have won their opening four games to a World Cup tournament since 1930, with the fourth game in that run being their 4-2 victory over Argentina in the final.

Portugal's Ronaldo has scored 85 goals in 153 appearances and looks in inspiring form, the last group game where he missed a penalty and was involved in a VAR-influenced decision getting away with a yellow card after pulling down an Iran defender.

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