Edinson Cavani outshines Ronaldo but injury could dampen Uruguay's long-term hopes

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Ronaldo's great start in Russian Federation allowed him to surpass the combined total of three goals he had scored in his previous three World Cups.

Ronaldo was unable to trouble Uruguay as they made it through to the quarter-final against France and, at 33, with a 154 caps to his name, this could represent a natural watershed.

Uruguay defended tenaciously, battled in midfield and packed a killer punch in their strike duo of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

But Uruguay were back in front seven minutes later when Rodrigo Betancur allowed Cavani to brilliantly curl home his 45th worldwide goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a frustrating evening as Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup in the last 16 after a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.

Portugal hasn't reached the World Cup quarterfinals since 2006, when a young Ronaldo led the team to the semifinals.

Cavani had been instrumental in his side's performance to that point, having opened the scoring in the seventh minute after making an excellently timed run to get on the end of a cross into the area by fellow forward Luis Suarez. The South Americans work the ball to Cavani who has time to consider his options on the edge of the box. he wraps his body around the ball, curling an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

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Cavani scored twice and Ronaldo none Saturday to give Uruguay a 2-1 victory over Portugal.

Taking to Twitter after the game, one viewer said: "Ronaldo just said F*** YOU to a referee".

This has been his best World Cup in terms of goals scored, as he leaves with four in total, including a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Spain in the group stage. After winning the free kick 30 yards from goal, Suarez drilled the dead-ball restart low, bouncing it through the wall and just inside Patricio's left-hand post, but the Wolverhampton Wanderers man (signed this summer) came saw it the whole way.

Despite the disappointment of exiting a World Cup early - meaning he will be denied the elusive piece of silverware missing from his trophy cabinet - Ronaldo managed a smile for the cameras.

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

Cristiano congratulated Uruguay, FIFA and Russian Federation for the hosting of the World Cup, while refusing to make a fuss about his future with the national team.

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