Cavani double sees Uruguay past Portugal

Elena Summers
July 6, 2018

David Silva's Spain will look to make it through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup when they take on Russian Federation this afternoon.

Cavani got his second and the decisive goal with an exquisite finish as he opens up his body and struck the ball with his right foot.

"My players have ambition, me too, but it will be a hard match", said Deschamps, who is now the longest-serving France coach, with 80 matches in charge.

It set up a knockout stage meeting with two-time champions Uruguay, who topped Group A with maximum points ahead of hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Ronaldo, second on the scorers' list with four goals, then fired from more than 20 meters away, but the shot was received by Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. All three played a part at this year's World Cup and all have turned 30 and might not be around to play in Qatar in another four years.

If Cavani doesn't recover in time, coach Oscar Tabarez could replace him with Cristhian Stuani.

"We have played without Edinson already, during qualification, and the team adapted to the situation", explained Suarez.

"He knows it is the World Cup".

Earlier, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he hoped Ronaldo would remain part of the worldwide set-up.

"It was hard", he continued.

The early kick-off saw a World Cup classic ensue as France defeated Argentina 4-3.

While Mbappe was the most influential player on the pitch, Argentina's Angel Di Maria and France full back Benjamin Pavard fought out a private contest for the best goal of the contest with two magnificent long-range strikes.

When it comes to Cavani, though, Suarez says it is unclear at the moment whether he will be able to face Didier Deschamps' side. They have two exceptional strikers, Griezmann and Mbappe - they're very fast indeed. But we will try our best and look to impose our way of playing on them, using our strengths. It's a tough match, like the ones we've been having, and we'll do our job, trying to be compact, defending all together.

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