Bentancur calms Cavani injury fears after worrying photos emerge

Portugal manager Fernando Santos has said that he is hopeful Cristiano Ronaldo has not played his final ever match at the World Cup finals.

Uruguay has given up only one goal in four World Cup matches, and France has scored seven - most in the 4-3 victory over Argentina in the round of 16.

Although the World Cup in Russian Federation has lost its two most glittering names, some people might be relieved that the event would henceforth be more about teams than individuals.

The first match of the day will be played between France and Argentina in Kazan at 7.30 this evening while Uruguay will meet Portugal in Sochi later at 11.30 tonight.

Remarkably, neither Ronaldo nor Messi have managed to score a single goal in a knockout tie in four World Cups going back to 2006.

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Uruguay: Muslera 7, Gimenez 8, Godin 8, Laxalt 7, Caceres 6, Bentancur 6, Nandez 6, Torreira 6, Vecino 6, Suarez 8, Cavani 9. Sebastian Coates had started in his place and, had he started, Ronaldo would have relished the chance to play against him.

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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.

"He's essential, because of the kind of player he is, for what he has shown in every match he has played for the national team, not to mention in the present moment", he said.

While Mbappe was the most influential player on the pitch, Argentina's Angel Di Maria and France full back Benjamin Pavard fought out a private contest for the best goal of the contest with two magnificent long-range strikes.

Ronaldo reached the semi-finals with Portugal in his first World Cup in Germany, but has never made it past the last 16 since then.

The only downside for Oscar Tabarez's side was the sight of Cavani limping off late on, raising a question mark over his fitness for next week's last eight showdown with the French in Nizhny Novgorod. "Cristiano still has a lot to give to football and I hope he will stay to help the young players grow and develop", he said. "You need to really concentrate to make sure he is not successful against you, but that is very hard". Griezmann's performance against Argentina was overshadowed by Mbappe's exceptional display, although he opened the scoring from the spot in the first half and hit the bar from a free kick. But we will try our best and look to impose our way of playing on them, using our strengths.

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