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But Uruguay, which has conceded just one goal so far and beat European champion Portugal 2-1 to advance, has a much better defensive line marshalled by the experienced Diego Godin.

That meant Ronaldo and his great rival Lionel Messi, whose Argentina side lost 4-2 to France, were both knocked out of what could be their final World Cup on the same day.

"There was a cross to the left, then a cross to the right - there is no scheme against that", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said of the goal.

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani has always played second fiddle to his more illustrious attacking colleagues at country or club level but the long-haired marksman emerged out of those shadows with his twin strike in the World Cup round of 16 last week.

Some took this as an opportunity to throw Uruguay's triumph on her face, pasting Uruguay's flag and comments like "Uruguay, jeje", "Good bay Portugal" and "You must say now Cristiano go to house". "He tried. The team didn't win because Uruguay scored twice". My players have ambition, me too, but it will be a hard match, ' he said.

Ronaldo's hat-trick in a thrilling 3-3 opening draw against Spain helped light the competition up, but after that he netted just one goal, in the side's 1-0 victory over Morocco. "That was an incredible play, they have never scored like that before", the 63-year-old said, ruefully.

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In his fourth World Cup, Ronaldo couldn't hide his frustration late in the match in Sochi, furiously complaining with the referee after a non-call for a foul that could have given Portugal a last chance to equalize.

Oscar Tabarez, the Uruguay coach, praised the dedication of the players showed on the pitch.

"Certainly, yes, Cristiano still has a lot to give to football".

While Cavani's fitness doubt is a concern for Uruguay, France defender Adil Rami said: "We need to stop thinking that Cavani will play against us. In the second we were better, but we didn't make it", he explained. "We have a team with many young players, and of course we all want him there with us".

They made their spot in the quarter-final against France.

"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", he said.

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