URUGUAY’S Cavani Shoots Ronaldo’s Portugal Out Of World Cup

 © REUTERS/Murad Sezer     Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts

© REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo reacts

By Sudipto Ganguly 

URUGUAY forward Edinson Cavani scored twice to earn the South Americans a 2-1 win over European champions Portugal in their World Cup round of 16 clash on Saturday and set up a quarter-final against France.

Cavani put Uruguay ahead in the seventh minute when he evaded the Portugal defense to meet Luis Suarez’s pinpoint cross with a bullet header at the far post.

Pepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament, but Uruguay regained the lead seven minutes later when Rodrigo Bentancur found Cavani and he curled a brilliant first-time shot past Rui Patricio from the edge of the penalty area.

Portugal dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defense twice, leaving their captain Cristiano Ronaldo a frustrated figure throughout the match.

 © REUTERS/Sergio Perez     Uruguay's Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring a goal.

© REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring a goal.

The Real Madrid forward could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played.

Ronaldo had an opportunity around the half-hour mark to score from a free kick 30 meters out but could only hit the wall.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Ed Osmond)

CREDIT: Reuters

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