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He scored a minute after Ronaldo tested Fernando Muslera with a 20-yard long-ranger in the sixth minute.

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

Cristiano Ronaldo lit up the World Cup in his own inimitable style, curling in a late free kick to complete a remarkable hat-trick in a group match between Portugal and Spain.

Messi's return in Russian Federation was more meager - at times he looked disillusioned on the field as Argentine struggled to find anything like their usual style and he drifted deep into midfield in the forlorn hope of influencing games.

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

Portugal's flank players created some set-piece sutuations but they couldn't yield the desired equaliser as Uruguay saw off the last anxious moments by doing putting in a heavy defending shift. We have to be strong as a team as strong as Uruguay are as a team. Portugal collected their heads and were back in the game but Uruguay's defence stood tall.

"Our next game is in five days which is not a lot of time, but after today we will rest".

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.

Cavani scored in the seventh and 62nd minutes while Portugal got their goal from Pepe in the 55th minute at the Fisht Stadium as Uruguay entered the last eight stage of the World Cup only for the second time in 48 years. The South American side were yet to concede a goal throughout the year.

"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".

The Real Madrid star will be 37 by the time of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but Portugal manager Fernando Santos believes Ronaldo will remain committed to the national team.

The Portugal skipper further said that he is happy with kind of efforts put in by the players and asserted that this team will continue to win in the future.

Uruguay had not conceded in any of their six matches in 2018 but almost 10 hours of resistance came to an end courtesy of a simple set-piece move in the 55th minute. You'll see the teams doing their best to win.

Cavani received the ball from Rodrigo Betancur and sprayed a wonderful 40-yard diagonal pass to Luis Suarez.

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