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In other words, it won't be Suarez v Ronaldo when Uruguay and Portugal meet in the World Cup round of 16 this evening, it'll be team against team.

Portugal manager Fernando Santos said he did not want Cristiano Ronaldo to walk away from global football after Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup after a 2-1 defeat by Uruguay on Saturday. But there was no late video review to benefit Portugal as Ronaldo's fourth World Cup came to an uneventful end.

"Your support was and always will be fundamental to us", Ronaldo wrote on Instagram alongside the Portuguese flag. Against Portugal, they looked well balanced and while they did concede, it was the first goal against them in 597 minutes of football, a run stretching back to August previous year.

Ronaldo could not make the difference after Suarez and Cavani combined brilliantly for Uruguay's seventh-minute opener on Russia's Black Sea coast.

"We had our chances, but this is football", Ronaldo said.

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"The truth is, it was really exciting", Cavani said.

"It was a mistake from us that cost us the equaliser but luckily we found some space and the team stayed strong mentally", said Tabarez.

Messi's Argentina lost 4-3 to France and hours later Ronaldo's Portugal went down 2-1 to Uruguay, leaving the tournament without its two best known and most loved players.

It was Edinson Cavani who instead took the spotlight.

Cavani who has scored three goals in Russian Federation faces a race to be fit to feature against Les Bleus on July 6, with medical tests to determine to severity of the problem.

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Paris Saint Germain striker Mbappe illuminated the match with his electric turn of pace and sharp dribbling. The challenge for Uruguay here is that their defense is going to really be tested.

Uruguay will play France in the last eight in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday, July 6.

"You can not say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals".

Uruguay will play against Portugal on June 30 at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, at 17:00 MSK (UTC+3) [10 a.m. ET].

Ronaldo has scored four times in Russian Federation but Portugal have already shown that they can win without him - they beat France in the Euro 2016 final despite losing the Real Madrid man to injury early on.

His shadows were Uruguay defenders Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez, who know Ronaldo quite well from their clashes between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league. "We have assessed their weaknesses and their strengths, and we have prepared".

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"We're here to play all seven matches, right up until the final, and we will see what happens".

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