Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Cavani in pain ahead of France quarter-final

Cavani in pain ahead of France quarter-final

The Liverpool hero said: "I hear that Griezmann thinks he is half Uruguayan".

Perhaps even enough to give France fits in the quarterfinals.

It was the latest in a series of arguments about football and the relative merits of the world's two best players.

At the last World Cup, Luis Suarez was involved in the notorius biting scandal and as far as back as 1986 Uruguay were labelled "liars and cheaters" by Alex Ferguson after a bad-tempered match against Scotland. Portugal had 61 percent of the possession, yet its only goal came off a set piece.

Midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur said that Cavani "is doing very well, happy about advancing". Uruguay ousted Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo with a 2-1 win.

The Portgual game had been billed as a showdown between Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The second goal from Uruguay, minutes after a Portuguese equalizer, was vintage stuff from Cavani.

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His best performance was against Spain; three goals and an nearly flawless game, with 94 percent pass completion.

Uruguay has gone deep into the World Cup before, even with some of the same players, yet after four straight wins, it's clear there is something more to the group that Oscar Tabarez has brought to Russian Federation. "We have many young players who desire to achieve team success", he said.

Paris Saint Germain striker Mbappe illuminated the match with his electric turn of pace and sharp dribbling.

Benjamin Pavard scored a wonderful half-volley to equalise, and then Mbappe, superb throughout, became the first teenager to score two in a World Cup match since Pele netted twice for Brazil against Sweden in the 1958 final to put France 4-2 ahead.

"Antoine is saying that he is half-Uruguayan, but he is French and he doesn't know what it is to feel Uruguayan", he said, according to Marca. With Messi being the strongest performer, Argentina have made it to the 2014 World Cup final which they lost in extra time and two successive Copa America finals with Chile (interestingly managed by Sampaoli in 2015) which they both lost on penalties.

Cavani, 31, was a major doubt for the match on Friday at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium after he suffered a hamstring injury in the Round of 16 win over Portugal. That run ended in the round of 16 at the World Cup, with Ronaldo again failing to score for his country in the knockout round of the tournament. As Portugal captain, I know how we've worked and we must be proud of the team.

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