Cavani double for Uruguay sends Portugal and Ronaldo packing

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Cavani's brace in Uruguay's 2-1 win in Sochi took his tournament tally to three goals and condemned Portugal's talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to a World Cup exit, just hours after his great rival Lionel Messi took the same path.

Uruguay, meanwhile, go into the knockout stages aiming to win their third World Cup, and first since 1950, in Russian Federation.

Edinson Cavani shatters Ronaldo's World Cup dream as Uruguay edge Portugal, 2-1. It is Luis Suarez vs Pepe. "There aren't words to describe this".

Uruguay booked their round of 16 berth with a phenomenal run of back to back victories while Portugal stuttered in one game in which Ronaldo failed to score.

Portugal: Portugal are well prepared and hopeful of delivering a big performance against Uruguay.

Uruguay topped Group A with three victories, scoring five goals and keeping three clean sheets, and they looked close to their best when thumping host nation Russian Federation 3-0 in the final group game.

At the other end is Uruguay's Luis Suarez with 53 goals from 101 games but numerous controversies behind him including an nine-game worldwide ban for biting Italy Giorgio Chiellini four years ago.

Meanwhile, Portugal head into this game after captain Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in their last game, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a resilient Iran side earlier this week.

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From it, Portugal were level as Pepe stormed in to head home from Guerreiro's delivery and grab the goal that they had increasingly threatened since the break. He has reached the knockout stages on each previous occasion: Euro 2012 quarter-finals & World Cup 2014 round of 16 with Greece; Euro 2016 winners and at least World Cup 2018 round of 16 with Portugal.

After huffing and puffing his way through the opening two group matches, Uruguay's talisman Edinson Cavani has finally arrived at the party, and in some style.

Suarez and Cavani combined brilliantly for the seventh-minute opener on Russia's Black Sea coast.

The two men have regularly come up against each other in the Spanish top flight in recent years, plying their trades for Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

After suffering the injury in the 74th minute, Cavani knew he needed to get off of the field.

Stopping Ronaldo. It was that simple for Uruguay.

Uruguay and Portugal will face each other in what is expected to be a highly-contested match on Saturday. The Uruguayans had gone 598 minutes since November 2017 without allowing a goal.

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