Uruguay's Cavani unlikely to face France in quarter-final

Uruguay's Cavani unlikely to face France in quarter-final

Uruguay's Cavani unlikely to face France in quarter-final

Following Portugal's defeat at the hands of Uruguay in the 2018 FIFA World Cup on June 30, the team's striker Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend was trolled by angry fans.

The round of 16's second game is another doozy with Uruguay up against Portugal, or Luis Suarez vs. Cristiano Ronaldo.

It set up a knockout stage meeting with two-time champions Uruguay, who topped Group A with maximum points ahead of hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

As he took his leave of the tournament, Ronaldo was in no doubt that Portugal had done the very best they could: "Generally speaking, we can be proud of our efforts".

What stood out Saturday against Portugal was Uruguay's comfort without the ball. "Now is not the time to talk about the future of players and coaches", Ronaldo said.

The Atlético Madrid star has been involved in all four of France's games at the World Cup this summer, scoring in their first match against Australia and most recently in a thrilling win over Argentina, with both goals coming from the penalty spot.

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"It's flattering to be the second one since Pele", said Mbappe, born in France to a father from Cameroon and a mother from Algeria.

While Mbappe was the most influential player on the pitch, Argentina's Angel Di Maria and France full back Benjamin Pavard fought out a private contest for the best goal of the contest with two magnificent long-range strikes. We know that the squares have been full back home and that the people there were really rooting for us.

Nailing the World Cup with your country's limited team will always be a greater achievement than winning everything in club football with expensive squads comprising world's best players picked from different countries.

"In football, there are no moral victories and I would have preferred to play worse and win the match. There is a tournament in September, the UEFA (Nations League) and we hope he will be with us to help the younger ones to grow", he told reporters.

"But we have a very strong team in terms of our mindset and I am very happy".

The 2018 World Cup returns on Friday after a two-day break England beating Colombia in the last round of 16 game on Tuesday.

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