Added to the fact that Uruguay boast of an air-tight defense and it was clear that Uruguay just needed to showcase some technicality and did just that as Ronaldo and his band of European Champions are evicted from this tournament. Uruguay passed on to the Quarter-finals after beating Portugal 2-1 in their Round Of 16 match. After the Uruguay Vs Portugal match, the Seleção das Quinas followed Argentina as they were defeated 4-3 by France and Spain, beaten 4-3 by hosts Russia on penalties out of the World Cup.
The European Champions are out!— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 30, 2018
Uruguay get a brace from Cavani to beat Portugal and advance to the quarterfinals for just the 2nd time since 1970. pic.twitter.com/lvY7ppYJub
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Here are 5 interesting things to look back on from the Uruguay Vs Portugal clash:
1. Lucas Torreira Is The Real DealHave you ever seen a 5ft 6inches tall player out-mark one of the greatest players of your generation? Yes. Infact Kante did it against Messi in the Argentina-France match which took place just before the Uruguay Vs Portugal clash but for Lucas Torreira to repeat the feat against the physical specimen like Ronaldo deserves perhaps an even greater applause.
Torreira was also the fulcrum of most of the attacking plays the South Americans made in the Round Of 16 match against Portugal. The Sampdoria midfielder is a real deal and that is why Arsenal are after the young talent.
Lucas Torreira won more aerial duels against Portugal than the entire Uruguay defence combined.— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) June 30, 2018
He’s 5’6”. pic.twitter.com/RBfNuZvn76
2. Uruguay Finally BreachedThe solid defensive unit that functioned so well till now, with Godin, Gimenez in the centrel defense and Muslera behind the Atletico Madrid defenders finally let one in…in their 4th game running in the Uruguay Vs Portugal game.
3. Signs Of Sportsmanship From RonaldoNow this one is a bit debatable, but it was a picture-worthy moment when Ronaldo, despite trailing Uruguay with 20 minutes to go, decided to help Cavani get up and provided support as he limped off to the touchlines, having injured his calf after a Man Of The Match display in the Uruguay Vs Portugal game.
Some say that he did this only so that the play could get on without any further time wastage and it was adamant, but his expression was more of condolence and to show sympathy when your entire legacy and empire is crumbling right before your eyes (all due to the very man you are now helping) is something praiseworthy.
#WorldCup : URUGUAY 2-1 PORTUGAL— The Voice of America (@VOANews) June 30, 2018
Portugal's star Ronaldo helps injured Uruguay's star Cavani walking out during the round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018. pic.twitter.com/HVjYtrQ4e3
4. Suarez-Cavani Duo Is Too Hot To HandleIf the former doesn’t get you, the latter will. Suarez has assisted 12 of Cavani’s 45 international goals; such is their interlinking and coordination. If it was built and hyped as Ronaldo vs Suarez in the beginning, Edinson Cavani ensured that he would grab all the headlines in the end, with a sumptuous finish to cap off a clinical night for him.
Also, his industry in defense and professionalism shows what an asset he is for Uruguay, who hope that he is able to return in time and add to his 3 goals this time around.
Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani:— FlFA World Cup (@WorIdCupFC) June 30, 2018
✅ Born in the same town, 21 days apart.
🏆 Scored together in 3 consecutive World Cups
🏆Assisted each other 4 times in World Cups – the 2nd most lethal duo in World Cup HISTORY.