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Portugal fails to show they are more than just Ronaldo

Portugal fails to show they are more than just Ronaldo

As we prefaced, our experts were pretty split on this one - six experts pick up the 10 points while four start the day empty-handed.

Cavani has scored three goals for Uruguay so far in Russian Federation, and Keown believes their chances of progressing further in the tournament would be diminished without him.

Great efforts were mounted by the Portugese, who, in the 55th minute, for the first time at this World Cup struck a ball into the tightly-guarded Uruguay net. "We had chances but that's football for you - the team that scores more goals wins, which is why Uruguay are celebrating".

Santos said his side had studied their opponents but that it was impossible to legislate for Uruguay's first goal, which featured a superb interaction between Luis Suarez and his strike partner Cavani.

Uruguay's previous five goals at Russian Federation 2018 all came from set-pieces but they opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a goal of the highest quality.

Pepe's goal was the first time the South Americans' defence had been breached in this tournament, but they stood firm after that and are beginning to look like genuine contenders moving into the latter stages in Russian Federation. In the single game against Portugal they saw five more. "We have a fantastic group, young and with a lot of ambition and for that reason I think the team will remain strong", he said.

Prior to the World Cup, Ronaldo led Real Madrid to its third straight Champions League title, but he arrived in Russian Federation surrounded by distractions about his club future and a tax fraud accusation back in Madrid.

Forward of Paris Saint-Germain, Cavani scored once at each half of the match, before he was injured and left the pitch supported by Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo. With his 85th global goal, he surpassed the mark held by Hungary legend Ferenc Puskas.

Goalless series Ronaldo in the knockout stage of the world Championships reached 514 minutes.

BBC pundit Alan Shearer described the decision to award Iran's late penalty as "shambolic".

Four years ago, Messi led Argentina to the World Cup final, but the two-time champions lost to Germany.

That run ended in the round of 16 at the World Cup, with Ronaldo again failing to score for his country in the knockout round of the tournament. Before the festival of attacking football on display against Argentina, Les Bleus had scored only three goals and had been harshly criticized by French media for its mediocre and boring displays. A World Cup title is the only thing missing from his collection of accolade.