Cristiano Ronaldo not thinking about retirement from global football

01 July, 2018, 18:42 | Author: Kenneth Collins
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"Cavani sustained an injury tonight and we will have to see how that evolves as it's not clear at this stage how serious it is", Uruguay's long-serving coach Oscar Tabarez told reporters. I don't have words to describe it.

After his superb hat-trick in Portugal's opening match against Spain followed by the decisive strike against Morocco, the reigning Balon D'Or victor will have to pack his bags and head for home.

For anyone with hopes of winning this World Cup, Uruguay will be up there among the most feared.

Earlier, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he hoped Ronaldo would remain part of the worldwide set-up.

Uruguay had not conceded a goal at this World Cup before Pepe rose unmarked to nod in an equaliser from close range, prompting a brief spell of dominance for Portugal.

After huffing and puffing his way through the opening two group matches, Uruguay's talisman Edinson Cavani has finally arrived at the party, and in some style.

Pepe's goal was the first time the South Americans' defence had been breached in this tournament, but they stood firm after that and are beginning to look like genuine contenders moving into the latter stages in Russian Federation. "Even if he scores three goals in match, you still need to have a team to support him".

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Jan Bednarek scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Japan that wasn't enough to lift an otherwise hapless Poland team off the bottom of Group H .

It was a five-pass buildup from deep in its own end that culminated in Uruguay's first goal, and the final two passes were ideal. The two players who have dominated the Ballon d'Or for a decade are now forced to take a backseat for the remainder of the greatest show on Earth. Just a few steps inside Portugal's half, Cavani hit Suarez with a pinpoint cross over the top of the back line, and immediately made a run behind the Portuguese defense.

"That was an incredible play", Santos said. "You can't control that situation".

Uruguay set up perfectly to stop him from being the difference maker that he so often is in matches, especially in big matches such as this.

Cristhian Stuani came on for Cavani, who was helped off the pitch by Ronaldo.

While Uruguay is advancing, it now must be concerned with the status of Cavani after he limped off the field and immediately called for a substitute.

"We have to congratulate Uruguay because they scored twice", he said. That's the first goal allowed all tournament for Uruguay.

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