European champions Portugal bowed out of the Russia World Cup in a way that their coach described as "very sad", after Uruguay's Edinson Cavani scored twice in their round of last 16 clash on Saturday. This is all to say that you have to look at the state of the teams before making a judgement of who is better for their country.
Perhaps even enough to give France fits in the quarterfinals.
And Uruguay, impressive throughout the tournament, knocked Bernardo Silva's Portugal out of the competition after a 2-1 win.
Ronaldo had a great start at the tournament in Russian Federation, scoring four goals in two matches, but he was held scoreless in the next two games as Portugal lost first place in its group and eventually was eliminated by Uruguay.
Portugal had more than 60 percent of possession, which they found hard to translate into a goal.
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Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has a painful calf swelling but not a muscle tear, the country's football federation (FCF) said on Monday at Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.
Uruguay are hopeful Jose Maria Gimenez will return from injury to resume his centre-back partnership with Atletico Madrid team-mate Diego Godin. Uruguay ousted Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo with a 2-1 win.
Uruguay have already improved on their World Cup 2014 campaign after suffering defeat in the Round of 16 against Colombia, while the South Americans will be hoping to emulate their achievements from South Africa 2010 after they reached the semi-final.
The only blemish for Tabarez's side was the injury to Cavani which saw him substituted by Christian Stuani. France go into the match after a relatively comfortable group stage and after resting players in their last group match.
Paris Saint Germain striker Mbappe illuminated the match with his electric turn of pace and sharp dribbling.
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"Antoine is saying that he is half-Uruguayan, but he is French and he doesn't know what it is to feel Uruguayan", he said, according to Marca.
Both teams are fresh off big wins where they sent two of soccer's superstars packing.
Now I present to you my breakdown of each game along with my most likely wrong predictions. As Portugal captain, I know how we've worked and we must be proud of the team. Messi will have to be at his very best if they are to get past France, who are much better than the Nigerians.
The Fisht Stadium also saw the first group match of Portugal, against 2010 World Cup victor Spain.
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