World Cup 2018: Cavani speechless after destroying Ronaldo’s dream

first_imgEdinson Cavani was left struggling for words after his sensational brace helped Uruguay defeat Portugal 2-1 in the round of 16 at FIFA World Cup 2018. On Saturday at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, Cavani scored twice to send Ronaldo packing in what was possibly his last World Cup appearance.Cavani put Uruguay ahead in the seventh minute when he evaded the Portugal defence to meet Luis Suarez’s pinpoint cross with a bullet header at the far post.Pepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament, but Uruguay regained the lead seven minutes later when Rodrigo Bentancur found Cavani and he curled a brilliant first-time shot past Rui Patricio from the edge of the penalty area.Portugal dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving their captain Cristiano Ronaldo a frustrated figure throughout the match.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Real Madrid forward could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played.HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSCavani will surely be the toast of the nation. Earlier in the evening, France had knocked out a major South American country, Argentina. Later in the night, a South American country rallied hard to dash the hopes of the 2016 European champions.Messi, Ronaldo dreams dashed as Argentina, Portugal bow outUnderstandably, the 31-year-old PSG striker was ecstatic.”I am happy for what happened today, I hope we can go further,” Cavani said. “It’s exciting…there are no words to describe this. Really, really, really happy – look at our fans! I want to continue dreaming,” he said at the end of the match.advertisement2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEMeanwhile, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said the result was not fair.”It’s not a fair result, we did enough for another result,” Santos said. “Uruguay scored with their first shot on our goal. We are very sad but that’s football.”Edinson Cavani sends Uruguay into quarter-finalsUruguay will play France in the last eight in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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