Admirable scenes as Cristiano Ronaldo helps Edinson Cavani off the pitch

Cavani Ronaldo and Suarez

Like Messi, Ronaldo has never scored in a knockout round match at the World Cup.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani curled home a superb 62nd-minute victor to settle a thrilling second round duel in Sochi which sends Uruguay into a quarter-final against France next Friday.

This World Cup has not been short of stunning goals and Cavani added another to the collection when he opened the scoring early on, playing a superb one-two with Luis Suarez before thumping home a header from his strike partner's cross.

Cavani struck again soon after, however, to take his tally up to three for the tournament and to end Ronaldo's hopes of winning a World Cup with Portugal.

These two countries with a combined population of 13.5 million have always been overachievers on the worldwide scene - the last decade under Tabarez has seen two-time former winners Uruguay reach one World Cup semi-final and win one Copa America, while Portugal triumphed at Euro 2016. "There aren't words to describe this". It is Cristiano Ronaldo vs Diego Godin.

Uruguay had not conceded a goal at this World Cup before Pepe rose unmarked to nod in an equaliser from close range, prompting a brief spell of dominance for Portugal.

Uruguay topped Group A with three victories, scoring five goals and keeping three clean sheets, and they looked close to their best when thumping host nation Russian Federation 3-0 in the final group game.

"But what he has on top of all those qualities, he's the leader of that team, and there is not one single player who can contain him".

After a great group stage, the merciless knockout awaits
France is set to take on Lionel Messi and Argentina as the high-stakes single-elimination round of the tournament soon begins. Can he keep it going against Ronaldo and Portugal in the last 16? "It will require a team effort to stop them", said Alves.

Cristiano Ronaldo lost his rag near the final whistle and would have been suspended for the quarter-final had Portugal progressed.

No World Cup is truly a World Cup without a bruising, cynical encounter between two teams who will not give an inch, so welcome to the No. 1 contender for Russian Federation 2018's most belligerent game.

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani scores his side's opening goal.

The first came by way of a header in the 7th minute. Cavani's beauty of a second goal will steal the headlines but the opener was arguably just as good.

EARLY GOAL It was a five-pass build-up from deep in its own end that culminated in Uruguay's first goal, and the final two passes were flawless.

Cavani picked out Suarez on the left with a cross-field ball, before continuing his run into the penalty area and meeting the Barcelona striker's return delivery at the back post, the ball smacking off his face and flying in. KEYS TO THE GAME Stopping Ronaldo.

Guerreiro fired over from the edge of the box after a corner had fallen to him, and then Ronaldo laid the ball back to Adrien Silva, whose shot was deflected behind for a 55th-minute corner.

It was a five-pass buildup from deep in their own end that culminated in Uruguay's first goal, and the final two passes were flawless. One more and he will equal 1950 World Cup-winner Oscar Miguez's Uruguayan record of eight goals at the tournament.

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