Cristiano Ronaldo Tight-Lipped On Future After World Cup Knock Out

Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring a goal during their Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Portugal at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi

Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring a goal during their Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 match against Portugal at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi

Portugal were knocked out at the hands of Uruguay after Edinson Cavani's brace ensured a 2-1 passage to the quarter-finals.

Antoine Griezmann and Benjamin Pavard also netted for France as goals from Angel Di Maria, Gabriel Mercado and Sergio Aguero proved in vain.

Either side of Suarez's chance, it was all Portugal - from possession, to meaningful possession and scoring chances - and finally, after trailing for almost 50 minutes, they were level after 55 minutes, thanks to Pepe's unmarked header from Raphael Guerreiro's corner kick.

Portugal's triumphant Euro 2016 campaign was never spectacular but it made the most of what they had available - a world-class striker, a strong defence, a good goalkeeper, a winning mentality and good organisation.

Up next for Uruguay will be a quarterfinals clash with France, one of the tournament's most popular favorites.

Uruguay regained the lead seven minutes later when Rodrigo Bentancur found Cavani and he curled a brilliant first-time shot past Rui Patricio from the edge of the penalty area.

"I am confident and happy because this team will always fight with all their strength", he said. I have no words to describe this. "I want to continue dreaming".

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"It's not the time to talk about the future when it comes to the players and coach", Ronaldo added.

"Even if you don't have a lot of possession you can inflict pain on your opponent".

Cristiano Ronaldo has thanked Portugal fans for their support at the World Cup, but is yet to confirm whether he will play on for his country.

He had an opportunity in the first half to score from a free kick about 30 metres out but could only hit the wall.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos spent the World Cup denying that his team was only about Cristiano Ronaldo, but he will leave Russian Federation with even more doubts about the future of the European champions once their talismanic forward decides to hang up his boots. But it counted for nothing in the end as the 2010 champion failed to make good use of the ball before losing a penalty shootout to Russian Federation.

After Uruguay clinched victory to set up a last-eight showdown with France, Cavani told A Bola: "It's very exciting". As Portugal captain, I know how we've worked and we must be proud of the team.

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