Suarez vs. Ronaldo subplot of Uruguay-Portugal Round of 16 showdown


Portugal centre-back Pepe is a serial offender Credit AFP

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

Suarez and Cavani have both found the net in three consecutive World Cups, and they have five goals between them here in Russian Federation. The matchup pits Group A victor Uruguay against Group B runner-up Portugal in a game star power might decide.

Uruguay progressed from their group with a flawless record of three wins from three.

Uruguay, a two-time champion that reached the semifinals at the 2010 World Cup, will next face France on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod.

Ronaldo could not add to the four goals he scored in the group stages.

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.

Ronaldo played a leadership role in that triumph and Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he hopes he will continue and help him with a new generation of players.

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Luis Suarez, left photo, and Cristiano Ronaldo will square off in the Uruguay-Portugal showdown in Sochi on Saturday.

Bernardo Silva missed a golden opportunity to level the score in the 70th minute after Muslera bungled a save, leaving the ball loose in the box where it fell to the Man City man.

Pepe came in behind and Uruguay finally surrendered their first goal of the tournament in the 55th minute. Fubo TV also offers three days of auto recording and 30 hours of Cloud DVR service in case you can't watch the Argentina Uruguay game immediately. Ronaldo ran in front of Pepe and drew the attention of both Gimenez and Godin. Cavani employed a side-footed curling effort to send the ball into the right corner of the net.

"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".

"If Cristiano plays by himself, Portugal is going to lose", Santos said. "They have never scored like that before", the 63-year-old said ruefully.

Uruguay will be sweating on Cavani's fitness for the next round after he left the match midway through the second half with an injury, though.

And as he limped off the pitch, he was given a helping hand courtesy of Portugal's captain.

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