Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has left calf injury

Jo Caldwell
July 6, 2018

"That is the way that we see football", he said. "The team played well. We have a team with a lot of young players, so it's important that our captain remains with us".

The 33-year-old did however say that the European champions could look to the future with confidence.

The striker certainly started the tournament incredibly, scoring a hat-trick against Spain and the only goal in the victory against Morocco.

"The national team will keep winning", he said after Saturday's match.

Cavani then had to be helped off by Ronaldo before watching the rest of the game from the dugout with ice on a calf injury.

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Anything can happen in a knockout match, and though Portugal performed well against the Uruguayans and could have emerged winners, Ronaldo was in sporting mood.

Deschamps, a member of the France squad that won the 1998 World Cup with a solid back-four and a steely midifield, was not bothered.

His tally is one behind the tournament's current leading scorer Harry Kane, with Ronaldo also missing a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Iran. He also was almost given a red card when his elbowing of an opponent was reviewed on video.

Ronaldo played a pivotal role in France during Portugal's triumphant campaign two years ago, and during the tournament in Russian Federation he became Europe's top worldwide goal-scorer and only second in the world to Iran's Ali Daei. He only spoke briefly with the media in Russian Federation.

The footballer refused to answer the question about the future of the coaching staff and players.

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In contrast, Uruguay march on with arguably the best defence in worldwide football and one of the best strike pairings anywhere. He can help the younger players with his knowledge.

Both Portugal and Lionel Messi's Argentina were knocked out from the round last-16.

"Uruguay is a south-American team very hard to play", Deschamps told French television program Telefoot on Sunday. "Hopefully they can achieve something".

"He knows it is the World Cup". Messi was named most valuable player.

He scored more goals than he had in all the previous tournaments put together. Named as World's best player on five occasions by Federation Internationale de Football Association, he led his country to win the first European Championships trophy in 2016.

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Antoine Griezmann and Benjamin Havard scored the two other goals for Les Bleus while Angel Di Maria, Gabriel Mercado and Sergio Aguero got the goals for Jorge Sampaoli's side.

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