FIFA WC: Cavani's double knocks Portugal out

DN Bureau

Uruguay forward Edison Cavani scored one goal in each half to help his team brush aside Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal 2-1 in their round of 16 encounter at the ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

Edison Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo
Edison Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo

Sochi: Uruguay forward Edison Cavani scored one goal in each half to help his team brush aside Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal 2-1 in their round of 16 encounter at the ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup at the Fisht Olympic Stadium here on Saturday (local time).

Right from the beginning of the match, both teams played attacking football and tried hard to gain an early advantage.

In the 5th minute, Ronaldo almost gave Portugal their first goal, when he played a beautiful straight shot, just a few yards away from the penalty box, only to be saved by Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. In the 7th minute, Cavani drew first blood for Uruguay by scoring a perfect header assisted by striker Luis Suarez to give his team an early lead.

Although the ball possession was in Portugal's favour, they failed to get past the stubborn Uruguayan defence and were frustrated as they missed out on opportunities of scoring goals.

Leading from the front, Ronaldo played the aggressor's role, motivating his teammates as well as to create opportunities. He had another chance to equalise via a free kick, but the ball failed to get past the 'wall' of the Uruguayan players. In the second half, both teams again took centre stage, pushing hard to score more goals and dominate the game.

Uruguay will now lock horns with France, who earlier defeated Argentina 4-3 in their round of 16 match, at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod on July 6. (ANI)

 













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