3 reasons why Portugal lost 2-1 to Uruguay

Mixed bag Ronaldo scored four goals in the first two matches including a hat-trick against Spain but then missed a crucial penalty against Iran that condemned his side to second place

Mixed bag Ronaldo scored four goals in the first two matches including a hat-trick against Spain but then missed a crucial penalty against Iran that condemned his side to second place

The fearless Uruguay go marching on: The South Americans remain "dark-horses" for World Cup glory, but with four wins out of four, conceding just one goal in the process, they simply can not be overlooked.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo looks disappointed beside celebrating players of Uruguay after 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.

Cavani had given Uruguay the lead with a header into the top corner after a cross by Luis Suarez in the seventh minute.

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo insists now is "not the right time" to talk about his global future in the wake of Portugal's 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the World Cup round of 16.

Cavani's early goal made all the psychological difference in the game as Portugal were left to climb a mountain, i.e score two goals against this mean Uruguayan defence.

But after more heartbreak in the World Cup, Ronaldo hinted he would speak more on the possibility of retirement in the coming weeks. "That was an incredible play, they have never scored like that before", the 63-year-old said, ruefully.

Edinson Cavani upstaged Cristiano Ronaldo, first with his head and then with his right foot, and sent Uruguay to the World Cup quarterfinals.

Uruguay, who included a fit-again Jose Giminez to partner captain Diego Godin dealt diligently with the set-pices employed by Ronaldo.

Portugal's defeat has triggered speculation that this could be Ronaldo's last World Cup.

Suarez could have put Uruguay 2-0 ahead in the 22nd minute as a diving Patricio parried clear a low free-kick which went under the Portuguese jumping wall towards the bottom right.

The players came to play seven matches.

It was Cavani who instead took the spotlight.

Had Ronaldo and Messi's respective national team managers known better, they might have seen another day in their World Cup careers.

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