3 reasons why Portugal lost 2-1 to Uruguay

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Cristiano Ronaldo insists now is "not the right time" to talk about his global future in the wake of Portugal's 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the World Cup round of 16. "It doesn't get any better", said Barcelona striker Suarez, who came to Russian Federation for possibly his last crack at the World Cup after scoring 25 times in La Liga last season.

Cavani had already put Uruguay in front early on, only for Pepe to head Portugal level in the 55th minute in a thrilling contest that was not the battle of attrition many predicted.

It was not to be Ronaldo's night, as he exited the World Cup on the same day as Lionel Messi's Argentina were eliminated following a 4-3 defeat at the hands of France.

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Portugal coach Fernando Santos summed up the South Americans on the eve of the match when he was asked to name their strong point.

The 33-year-old did however say that European champions Portugal could look forward to the future with confidence.

"I am sure that Portugal will continue to be one of the best teams in the world".

Like Messi, Ronaldo has never scored in a knockout round match at the World Cup.

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In fact, three statistics show just how bad Ronaldo was during his side's loss to Uruguay.

Ronaldo's great start in Russian Federation allowed him to surpass the combined total of three goals he had scored in his previous three World Cups.

His tally is one behind the tournament's current leading scorer Harry Kane, with Ronaldo also missing a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Iran.

"Cavani sustained an injury tonight and we will have to see how that evolves as it's not clear at this stage how serious it is", Uruguay's long-serving coach Oscar Tabarez told reporters. "You need to really concentrate to make sure he is not successful against you, but that is very hard".

Santos said his side had studied their opponents but that it was impossible to legislate for Uruguay's first goal, which featured a superb interaction between Luis Suarez and his strike partner Cavani."There was a cross to the left, then a cross to the right - there is no scheme against that".

Prior to the World Cup, Ronaldo led Real Madrid to its third straight Champions League title, but he arrived in Russian Federation surrounded by distractions about his club future and a tax fraud accusation back in Madrid.

"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. "We have a team with many young players, and of course we all want him there with us".

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