Cristiano Ronaldo: Now is not the time to talk about the future

Cristiano Ronaldo: Now is not the time to talk about the future

Uruguay ousted Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo with a 2-1 win.

The European Champions nearly equalized soon after the goal, as Jose Fonte nodded on a cross from Borussia Dortmund defender Raphael Guerreiro, which was wide.

But the draw didn't last long.

"Cavani is well", Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur said in Monday's news conference. "You have a coach who has been working with them for 12 years, very experienced, very high-quality", he said, adding that they have yet to concede a goal in 2018.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos summed up the South Americans on the eve of the match when he was asked to name their strong point.

Meanwhile, it was reported that while Cavani did not take part in the day's outdoor training session with his team-mates, Suarez had appeared to feel some discomfort in his right leg during it, but did then resume training. "We've got some great players and a tremendous squad, a young group of players with real ambition to go out and succeed", he said.

The 33-year-old Ronaldo made most appearances at World Cups and European Championships among all players since his debut in 2004.

"Cristiano still has a lot to give to football and I hope he will stay to help the young players grow and develop", said Santos.

"The team will continue to be one of the best teams in the world".

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But Cavani struck again late on with a sensational first-time finish into the bottom corner to see Oscar Tabarez's side through to the next round. A study will be done and we'll see what can be done.

"It was hard", he continued.

As for the kilometres he ran, he completed more than 34 in the four games played.

Russian players were on their knees in exhaustion after defending for 120 minutes in Moscow with just 26 percent possession and they must now summon another huge physical effort, with Croatia expected to dominate the ball once more.

"About Cavani, we don't know, we're just waiting for a few days", Suarez said.

They both won very differently, but now two big contenders will go head-to-head. "You need to really concentrate to make sure he is not successful against you, but that is very hard".

"But we'll face them as we've been doing until now".

Portugal's William, left, is challenged b Uruguay's Diego Laxalt during the round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, June 30, 2018.