Cavani fires La Celeste past European champions

Team Reporter Analysis

Florencia Simoes with Uruguay [Follow: Twitter | Facebook]​

It was not Uruguay’s finest performance, but the result is what counts for La Celeste. Oscar Tabarez had called on his players to be calm and collected and, leaving aside his irrepressible strike force, that is what made the difference in midfield and defence.

Raquel Branco with Portugal [Follow: Twitter | Facebook]​

Portugal unmistakably dictated the game, but despite trying every which way, came up short due to their struggles breaking down the well-organised Uruguay defence. The European champions bow out of the World Cup with a feeling of unfinished business, having come unstuck against opponents who were more accomplished on the day.

Budweiser Man of the Match

With his match-winning brace, Edinson Cavani provided a masterclass in clinical finishing. The Paris Saint-Germain marksman, who now has three goals to his name this tournament, also showcased his usual selfless running and pressing before being forced off with injury.

The stat

35 – At the age of 35 years and 124 days, Pepe’s goal made him Portugal’s oldest scorer at a FIFA World Cup. This is the third time that this record has changed hands in Russia, with Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma having both broken it during the group stage.

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