Calf injury leaves Cavani major doubt for Urugugay against France

Suarez pointed out that Uruguay have played without Cavani in the past, although never in a match as important as Friday's showdown for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

They could have proceeded to the knockout stage as the Group B victor until late second half when a controversial penalty goal from the opponent forced them to settle in a draw.

Ronaldo will be almost 38 by the time the next World Cup comes around in Qatar in 2022.

Ultimately, Uruguay were able to tempt Portugal into taking shots from distance and then smother them, blocking eight of the 20 Portuguese efforts on goal.

"Now is not the time to talk about the future, either of the coach or the players", the Portugal skipper said after the game.

Ronaldo finished his World Cup campaign with four goals, one adrift of England's Harry Kane who leads the standings with five.


For the tournament in Russia, Santos brought 13 players from the Euro 2016 squad, including nine of the players who started in the final against France. During the run of play, Portugal rarely got any clear looks at goal.

But the team's latest chance to win a major title at the senior level came to an end Saturday when Argentina lost to France 4-3 at the World Cup.

The Paris Saint Germain forward limped off the pitch in his side's 2-1 victory over Portugal in their round of 16 encounter last week.

Suarez's running mate, Edinson Cavani, scored both goals in the knockout win over Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal but is nursing a hamstring injury, and it' unclear if he will play.

Cavani injured is a national disaster.' Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez confirmed on Saturday night that Cavani was injured. "I'm very happy that Mbappe is a French citizen". Griezmann's performance against Argentina was overshadowed by Mbappe's exceptional display, although he opened the scoring from the spot in the first half and hit the bar from a free kick. "You need to really concentrate to make sure he is not successful against you, but that is very hard".

"We want to stop them playing, make their strikers uncomfortable, that's our weapon".


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