Cavani injury update offers mixed news for Uruguay ace

Suarez: club rivalry pushed aside vs Ronaldo at World Cup

Luis Suarez admits Uruguay face an anxious wait to see if Edinson Cavani will be fit to face France in the World Cup quarter-final, although he is confident they can cope without him.

Cavani struck in the seventh minute of Saturday's last-16 tie in Sochi to put Uruguay in control, but Portugal hit back after the interval when Pepe headed home Raphael Guerreiro's cross.

They could have proceeded to the knockout stage as the Group B victor until late second half when a controversial penalty goal from the opponent forced them to settle in a draw. Real Madrid forward Ronaldo has scored four of Portugal's five goals so far, while Barcelona star Suarez netted against Saudi Arabia and hosts Russia.New ball will be used for the knockout phase.

Ronaldo will be aged 37 by the time the next World Cup rolls around, but following the Selecao's earlier-than-expected exit from Russian Federation 2018, Santos insists that the five-time Ballon d'Or victor may stick around. He also was almost given a red card when his elbowing of an opponent was reviewed on video.

"Congratulations to Uruguay, it is very sad for Portugal though", said Fernando Santos, coach of Portugal who has reached the knockout stages in major tournament for the fourth time-twice with Greece and twice with Portugal. 'The whole team sacrificed so we could get the win, ' said Suarez. "That is our best chance against any adversary, and we know that France will be very tough indeed".

Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi will lift the World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium on July 15 after Portugal and Argentina were eliminated in the round of 16 on Saturday.

"We are here to play all seven matches, right up until the final, and we will see what happens", he said. "In the World Cup, it is a different mentality", he said.

Cavani limped off shortly after scoring his second goal in Uruguay's 2-1 defeat of Portugal, which booked their last-eight spot. "I'm sure that the national team will remain as one of the best in the world".

And against Uruguay, they managed 61 percent ball possession, played more than double the number of passes of their opponent, and with a much better pass accuracy.

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