Uruguay 2 Portugal 1 - It's more than just Cavani and Suarez

In other words, it won't be Suarez vs. Ronaldo when Uruguay and Portugal meet in the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday night, it'll be team against team.

Pepe's headed equaliser on 55 minutes had given Portugal hope, but Cavani, who has earned a reputation for failing to deliver in the most important games for club and country, silenced his critics with a memorable showcase of centre-forward play.

The Portugal striker was knocked out of the World Cup just hours after a similar fate was forced upon his long-running soccer rival Lionel Messi, who played a key role Argentina's thrilling 4-3 defeat to an in-form France.

Sebastian Coates had started in his place and, had he started, Ronaldo would have relished the chance to play against him.

And following his self-centred post-match interview after Real Madrid won the Champions League last month, fans may have expected something similar after being eliminated from the World Cup.

Suarez with 53 goals and Cavani 44 - 12 of them from assists by his striking partner - are their two all-time leading scorers and again showed their understanding with an astonishing opening goal in the seventh minute.

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Cavani sent the ball across the field to Suarez, who aggressively dribbled to the top corner of the penalty area. Next up for the underdogs is France and if they can snatch the first goal, their defence could see them through to the final four.

"Now is not the time to talk about the future, either of the coach or the players", the Portugal skipper said after the game.

That was the first goal the twice World Cup champions had conceded in the tournament in Russian Federation, but it took Cavani only seven minutes to put them back ahead at the packed Fisht Stadium overlooking the Black Sea. He also joined Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler as the only players to score in four World Cups.

A third added: "Ronaldo and his team mates need to learn some maners".

Uruguay: Muslera 7, Gimenez 8, Godin 8, Laxalt 7, Caceres 6, Bentancur 6, Nandez 6, Torreira 6, Vecino 6, Suarez 8, Cavani 9. Star player Luis Suarez scored twice as Uruguay defeated Egypt, Saudi Arabia and hosts Russian Federation to set up a Round of 16 tie with reigning European champions, Portugal. But with Uruguay sitting back, Portugal did equalise 10 minutes into the second half.

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