Uruguay beat Portugal 2-1 as Cristiano Ronaldo exits Russia

Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has scored a superb brace to give his side a 2-1 win over European champion Portugal in their World Cup round-of-16 match.

Uruguay’s victory earned them a quarter-final against France and sent world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo home after a subdued performance.

Cavani put Uruguay ahead in the seventh minute when he evaded the Portugal defence 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.


Gary Murambiwa
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