France, Uruguay enter quarter-finals

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The Paris Saint-Germain striker limped off holding his right calf in the second half of the last-16 clash against Portugal on Saturday, after scoring two superb goals in a 2-1 win. Doctors inform that Cavani has already started rehabilitation and perform some exercise.

Cavani has 45 goals and 105 caps in total for his country, and France will surely be delighted if it turns out that he doesn't recover in time for the mouthwatering quarter final tie.

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.

Portugal's triumphant Euro 2016 campaign was never spectacular but it made the most of what they had available - a world-class striker, a strong defence, a good goalkeeper, a winning mentality and good organisation.

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani were born within a month of each other in Salto on the left bank of the Uruguay river, bordering Argentina.

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Seven minutes later Rodrigo Bentancur dribbled to the box and delivered a well-weighted pass to Cavani, who lashed the ball into the far corner.

Unfortunately, things didn't go to plan for either man with both getting early planes home after their respecitve nations bowed out at the last 16 stage - Argentina bested in a World Cup classic against France and Portugal beaten narrowly by an impressive Uruguay.

"He will have his habits and his way of speaking Uruguayan, but we feel it in another way".

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. We want an encore of this Uruguayan duet. They have had a chance to top Group B while leading in the third round of group match against Iran in the first half, but the game ended in a draw ultimately after a controversial penalty goal from the opponent.

Ronaldo had a great start at the tournament in Russian Federation, scoring four goals in two matches, but he was held scoreless in the next two games as Portugal lost first place in its group and eventually was eliminated by Uruguay. It was hard because the opposition had more ball possession and were very often in our half of the pitch. "We are very sad but that's football", he said while addressing the press.

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