Uruguay vs. Portugal score, updates, highlights

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However, he was largely a peripheral figure in the defeat to Uruguay, being upstaged by Uruguay frontman Edison Cavani, who struck a stunning brace as Portugal went down to a 2-1 defeat.

Cavani's second goal was another magnificent effort as he met Bentancur's pass first-time and curled the ball into the net from the edge of the penalty area.

Defeat for the European champions finished Cristiano Ronaldo's hopes of success in Russian Federation just hours after Lionel Messi and Argentina were knocked out, beaten 4-3 by Les Bleus.

Ditto Ronaldo, as he will be 37 by the time of the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

Uruguay, a two-time champion that reached the semifinals at the 2010 World Cup, will next face France on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod. Uruguay, meanwhile, had not conceded a goal in 2018 - an impressive run of six games, three of them at Russian Federation 2018.

There were just seven minutes on the clock at Fisht Stadium in Sochi when Suarez and Cavani combined to devastating effect to put the South Americans ahead.

Bernardo Silva missed a golden opportunity to level the score in the 70th minute after Muslera bungled a save, leaving the ball loose in the box where it fell to the Man City man.

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Simeone meanwhile was scathing of error-prone goalkeeper Willy Caballero, whose howler led to Croatia's opening goal. However Simeone said Argentina needed to rediscover their fighting spirit to have any chance of progressing.

"It was hard. Portugal had more possession and were often in our half of the pitch, and it would have been better for us to have more of the ball and play the game closer to their goal".

Cavani's goals, in the seventh and 62nd minutes of the game, were his second and third strikes at the World Cup, following his effort in Uruguay's 3-0 win over Russian Federation in the group stage.

Ricardo Carvalho's free kick eluded both Ronaldo and Fonte, with the half-hour approaching and Portugal yet to create a clear-cut chance.

Ronaldo nearly had a chance at goal on 20 minutes but a timely clearance by Gimenez six yards was enough to keep Ronaldo at bay.

With or without Cavani, though, Uruguay will make it tough for France and should not be written off.

With four goals scored after just two World Cup matches, Ronaldo was one of only a few soccer players seen as capable of winning the 2018 Golden Boot - the prize given to the top goalscorer.

Cavani switched play with a long cross to Luis Suarez and continued his run to head home a pinpoint deep cross from the Barcelona forward and give Uruguay a seventh-minute lead.

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