Fabregas Critical of Ronaldo's World Cup Performance

"In football, there are no moral victories and I would have preferred to play worse and win the match", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

"There is a UEFA tournament (Nations League) in September and we hope Cristiano will be with us to help the younger ones to grow".

If Portugal beat Uruguay to set up a date against either France or Argentina, their Last 8 fixture will take place in Nizhny Novgorod.

"Considering the limitations we have as a country in footballing terms, we have come into this World Cup just as we wanted and in the three games we have played so far I think we are closer than ever to what we want to be".

Confederations champions left at the World Cup.

"In my opinion, we were better than Uruguay".

According to Federation Internationale de Football Association, at 31 he is the oldest Uruguayan to score a World Cup brace, 108 days older than Diego Forlan who scored twice against South Africa in 2010.

In the 7th minute, Cavani drew first blood for Uruguay by scoring a ideal header assisted by striker Luis Suarez to give his team an early lead.

Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to confirm one way or another whether he will retire from worldwide football following Portugal's World Cup exit.

However, Uruguay soon led again when Cavani curled in a peach of a finish, though his delight soon turned to pain when the striker limped off after appearing to pull a muscle.

"The truth is, it was really exciting", Cavani said.

The proven marksman Ronaldo was understandably given no space by Uruguay's defence, and he hardly got a touch in the opposition box in the first half.

They're also the only team to have gone through the group stage without conceding a goal, a solidity typical of the South American side in recent years.

With Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez in their familiar central roles, Uruguay did demonstrate their defensive superiority, nullifying Ronaldo's impact throughout an opening half largely controlled by a Portugal side lacking penetration against Oscar Tabarez's rock-solid back four.

Despite having ball possession, Portugal had difficulty creating chances and eventually had to say goodbye to the World Cup.

"I just felt something at one point and couldn't recover".

"We're here to play all seven matches, right up until the final, and we will see what happens". I can't give a very in-depth analysis because I was getting dressed while their game was on and in the last 15 minutes I was giving my team-talk.

  • Julie Sanders