Suarez: Uruguay can cope without Cavani

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It would be a "national disaster" for Uruguay should Edinson Cavani miss their quarter-final tie against France, according to Sportsmail expert Martin Keown.

The pair linked up excellently for Uruguay's first goal, Suarez playing in a cross for Cavani to head past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Portugal have progressed from the group stage of the World Cup for the fourth time in their history.

Portugal lost the match because of smashing kicks by Cavani but still, Ronaldo came forward to give his shoulder to the injured opponent. He also was almost given a red card when his elbowing of an opponent was reviewed on video. The footballer refused to answer the question about the future of the coaching staff and players.

Mbappe, the first teenager since Brazilian great Pele in the 1958 final to score two goals in one World Cup match, then took over to send Argentina slumping out of the finals before the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2002.

Bentancur is not sure how serious the injury will prove to be, but he says Cavani was positive enough during a recovery training session with the team. "We have many young players who desire to achieve team success", he said.

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Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi will lift the World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium on July 15 after Portugal and Argentina were eliminated in the round of 16 on Saturday. It's a tough match, like the ones we've been having, and we'll do our job, trying to be compact, defending all together. "I think what we did best today was to help the team".

Girona forward Stuani replaced Cavani, after the latter had scored both goals in Uruguay s 2-1 victory against Portugal.

Cavani has three goals in this tournament and had 28 goals this past season for Paris Saint-Germain in league play, with another seven in Champions League matches.

Ronaldo netted a hat-trick in their opening game of the group against Spain to become the first oldest player to score a hat-trick in the world cup history.

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

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