Cavani in pain ahead of France quarter-final

Factbox - Uruguay v Portugal

Factbox - Uruguay v Portugal

"France's strongest points are the attackers, Griezmann and Mbappe", Uruguay's veteran coach Oscar Tabarez said in his understated yet determined way after the Portugal victory.

Uruguay maybe not among the favorites for the title, but surely is a team that needs to keep your eyes on.

Ronaldo reached the semi-finals with Portugal in his first World Cup in Germany, but has never made it past the last 16 since then.

Suarez is not having any of it though. However, the reality for Uruguay is they could be without one of their key pieces in this contest.

"About Cavani, we don't know, we're just waiting for a few days", Suarez said.

Indeed, despite their string of honours, neither Messi nor Ronaldo has tallied a World Cup knockout goal in their careers.

Ronaldo also said that Portugal were unlucky to lose to Uruguay. Is there going to be a new victor, or will we once again see the same champion as before?

"Cavani, who has three goals this tournament, is now in a race to prove his fitness ahead of Uruguay's quarter-final clash against France on Friday in Nizhny".

Such is the close relationship that Godin is godfather to Griezmann's daughter.

He scored more goals than he had in all the previous tournaments put together.

"Griezmann is very Uruguayan, he passes himself off as a Uruguayan". "It could be a very special match for him".

Ronaldo showed flashes of his brilliance but he could not break into the resolute Uruguayan back line.

The European champions equalised when Pepe headed home following a short corner, but Uruguay swept up the field and carved them open once more, with Cavani firing home his second and Portugal unable to respond.

Both Lionel Messi's Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal crashed out of the World Cup on Saturday, leading many fans to question whether we will see the two greatest footballers of our era in action at the global showpiece again.

Uruguay have shown in Russian Federation they are extremely hard to beat yet sometimes underwhelming - all things you could have predicted from La Celeste before the World Cup. One thing is for sure, because of the way the bracket is set up there will be a surprise team in the final. "We tried our best and we played a good game I think", he said.

"You have exams 48 hours after the games", he said.

Likewise, Uruguay's goal leader Cavani is dealing with a calf injury but looks like he might be fit enough to start the game.

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