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Suarez Says Rivalry With Ronaldo Different When Playing for Uruguay, Barcelona

Suarez Says Rivalry With Ronaldo Different When Playing for Uruguay, Barcelona

Portugal's defeat has triggered speculation that this could be Ronaldo's last World Cup.

An improved performance perhaps deserved better. He was helped to the sideline with his arm around Ronaldo's back.

"These are different circumstance of course, the hosts have huge support and they've had a very good tournament, while Uruguay has high quality and top-notch players and they're all excellent - but Portugal too".

Ronaldo nearly had a chance at goal on 20 minutes but a timely clearance by Gimenez six yards was enough to keep Ronaldo at bay.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo will be foremost in the minds of Uruguay defenders, while the Europeans' back line must be wary of the threat forwards Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani pose atop the South Americans' attack.

The French will ask different questions of Tabarez's side in the quarter-finals, with the height of Olivier Giroud accompanied by the pace and brilliance of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, but it is a task that Uruguay will be up for as they bid for a third World Cup crown.

Uruguay, the two-time world champions who reached the semifinals in 2010, will next face France on Friday (Saturday NZ time) in Nizhny Novgorod.

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Then, after Pepe had drawn Portugal level from a corner kick, Cavani turned on the magic once more.

"I said no team can win alone".

"I am convinced that he has a lot to give in football", said Santos, whose own future is in doubt after elimination here.

Earlier, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he hoped Ronaldo would remain part of the global set-up. "Even if he scores three goals in match, you still need to have a team to support him".

Uruguay, who included a fit-again Jose Giminez to partner captain Diego Godin dealt diligently with the set-pices employed by Ronaldo.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani - who have scored almost 100 goals for Uruguay between them - will lead the attack.

Edinson Cavani scored his 44th and 45th goals for Uruguay.

Sebastian Coates had started in his place and, had he started, Ronaldo would have relished the chance to play against him.

Ronaldo himself and knockout matches, plus Uruguay.

Suarez could have put Uruguay 2-0 ahead in the 22nd minute as a diving Patricio parried clear a low free-kick which went under the Portuguese jumping wall towards the bottom right.