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Now not the time to talk about my future, says Ronaldo

03 July 2018

Portugal won the 2016 European Championship and came to Russian Federation with high expectations following the surprise title in France two years ago, its first in a major tournament.

"We have one of the best in the world but if you ask me, [Luis] Suarez, [Edinson] Cavani, you can ask the same question of Uruguay because you have great players in every team".

Goals on Saturday - the most goals on a day of World Cup knockout football since 1970, when the two semi-finals produced 11 goals.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos threw up his hands in disgust, realising that coming from behind a second time against this Uruguay defence was going to be a tall order.

"Now it's not the time to talk about the future", Ronaldo said after Portugal's 2-1 loss to Uruguay at the World Cup.

Portugal defender Pepe made Uruguay pay for sitting back when he leapt unmarked to head in a cross from Raphael Guerreiro following a short corner to level the match at 1-1 in the 55th minute. And it also breeds unselfishness so that a natural scorer like Suarez makes an effort to give opportunities to Cavani. "The team played well". I'm very proud to represent the Portugal national team.

'We go with our heads held high and we are sure that this team will continue to win things'.

But on Saturday, it was Edinson Cavani who scored twice to earn victory for the Uruguayans.

In the 7th minute, PSG's Edinson Cavani opened the scoring with a handsome header after a pinpoint cross from Suarez.

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Uruguay were ahead as early as the seventh minute when Cavani and Luis Suarez exchanged passes from one end of the pitch to the other.

"The truth is, it was really exciting", Cavani said. "It's exciting. there are no words to describe this".

The goals raised Cavani's total to three in the 2018 World Cup. The midfield foursome of Rodrigo Bentancur, Lucas Torreira, Diego Laxalt and Matias Vecino was constantly working back to help.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is often referred to as "El Maestro".

Uruguay took seven minutes to regain the lead as Cavani completed his brace.

Barcelona forward Messi, 31, has also never scored in the World Cup knockout stages and is reportedly considering his own global future.

Following the match, Ronaldo refused to comment on his future.

"And I also want to congratulate the organisation of this World Cup, it has been fantastic in every way; the organisation, the security, the atmosphere is flawless and it must be said".

Portugal coach Fernando Santos was hopeful that the Real Madrid man will continue to represent his country for some time yet, with Portugal's next challenge to defend the European Championship title they won in France two years ago.

Now not the time to talk about my future, says Ronaldo