Ronaldo out of World Cup after loss to Uruguay

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The five-time player of the year, who scored four goals in his opening two matches at the World Cup, was eliminated from the tournament after Portugal lost to Uruguay 2-1 in the round of 16.

The highlights of Uruguay's pulsating win will show Suarez's superb assist for Cavani's opener, but his all-round play was just as key.

And after Portugal equalized on Pepe's header in the 55th minute, it was Cavani again finishing a flawless Uruguay counter in the 62nd with a shot from just inside the penalty area that caught Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio slightly out of position and curled inside the far post.

The Paris St Germain forward curled in a first-time right-foot shot from Rodrigo Bentancur's pass to beat Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio before going off injured in the 74th minute as the Uruguay defense dug in to hold on to their lead.

One player who could significantly help Uruguay in trying to contain Ronaldo is defender Jose Maria Gimenez, who missed the group stage finale with a thigh injury. Their style may not be pretty but it is most certainly effective.

And although Uruguay finally conceded a goal, it was the first this year in the team's seventh match.

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Portugal dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving their captain Cristiano Ronaldo a frustrated figure throughout the match. As Argentina's exit proved, one man can only do so much.

Edinson Cavani latches onto the end of a Luis Suarez cross to nod in Uruguay's opener.

Cavani was forced off in his team's last-16 match against Portugal in the second half with a leg injury, in what is a worrying sign for the Uruguayans. Cavani's beauty of a second goal will steal the headlines but the opener was arguably just as good. Subs: Sanchez 5, Rodriguez 5, Stuani 5.

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It was suggested that the two superstars were appearing in their last World Cup - a competition they are both desperate to win before they retire. Uruguay's deadly duo - Cavani and Suarez - combine to lethal effect! He signalled to Nahitan Nandez not to give him the ball back, gesturing that he was exhausted, but as his marker then took a mental break of his own, Suarez had him fooled, sprinting 40 yards down the flank to show for the return pass.

This however, was Suarez back to his best.

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