Uruguay's Edison Cavani Not Ruled Out of Quarter-Finals

Uruguay's Edison Cavani Not Ruled Out of Quarter-Finals

Uruguay players are hopeful the 31-year-old, who has scored three goals in four World Cup games, can make a quick recovery, despite having to undergo tests on Monday.

But Fernando Santos' side did briefly haul themselves level through veteran defender Pepe, whose powerful header, his sixth goal in 99 worldwide appearances flew past Uruguay keeper Fernando Musilera.

They will both have expected to have gone much further this time but they did leave their mark in Russian Federation with moments that captured their remarkable talent.

After a disappointing 1-1 draw against Switzerland, 2-0 wins over Costa Rica, Serbia and Mexico have taken Brazil into a seventh straight quarter-final and they remain the favourites to erase the scars of a humiliating 7-1 semi-final thrashing at the hands of Germany four years ago.

Portugal captain and star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that his team played well in the FIFA World Cup and deserved something more out of the tournament.

"There was a cross to the left, then a cross to the right - there is no scheme against that", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said of the goal.

Cavani has scored three goals at this World Cup, also netting in Uruguay's 3-0 win over hosts Russian Federation.

The two share similar traits as players: they are fiercely competitive, possess a work-rate as monstrous as their goal-scoring records and are capable of producing moments of beauty with the ball. "We'll have to wait day by day to see how he feels".

"Cristiano still has a lot to give to football", the Euro 2016-winning coach told reporters.

"It's the team that has to play, if Ronaldo plays alone we're going to lose".

It remains to be seen who Uruguay will turn to to replace Cavani if, as expected, he is out for the game, with Girona forward Christhian Stuani and Celta Vigo's Maximiliano Gomez both possible options to start alongside Suarez. "But we have a very strong team in terms of the mindset and we will always bank on the collective against any rival".

"At this stage we still believe we have room for improvement", Alves said.

They both won very differently, but now two big contenders will go head-to-head. It was hard because the opposition had more ball possession and were very often in our half of the pitch.

We could have witnessed the changing of the guard in Argentina's 4-3 loss to France. But we will try our best and look to impose our way of playing on them, using our strengths.

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