Confederations champions left at the World Cup. Even if you score three goals, you need the support of a full team.
The South American team is at the top of the "fair play" table with only one yellow card at the World Cup. On the other hand, Messi has 0 goals in 8 games from 23 shots in 756 mins. these are unexplainable stats, considering the stature both the players enjoy across the footballing space.
The concern going forward will be whether or not Suarez can do it without his strike partner if the injury that saw Cavani limp off with the aid of Ronaldo proves serious.
Portugal stepped up the tempo after the restart and were rewarded when Uruguay were caught napping by a short corner.
Uruguay made a slow start to this World Cup by scraping past Egypt 1-0 but have got stronger with every game - and in Suarez and Cavani, they possess one of the most potent strike partnerships in Russian Federation.
Fernando Santos threw on Andre Silva as Portugal tried to find a way through, but defensive duo Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez held a frustrated Ronaldo at bay, the Portugal captain picking up a late booking for dissent as his emotions ran overboard in the closing stages.
"This is football. Whoever scores more goals wins", Ronaldo said.
Ronaldo, thwarted at set-pieces and restricted to potshots, struggled to inspire the European champions and bows out of the tournament on the same day as La Liga rival Lionel Messi, two headline acts whose World Cup time may be up.
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Cavani put Uruguay ahead in the seventh minute when he evaded the Portugal defence to meet Luis Suarez's pinpoint cross with a bullet header at the far post.
"Cavani has to thank Suarez today, but his movement has always been brilliant, finishing not always great but, for the first, he improvises brilliantly", said Keown.
Uruguay took seven minutes to regain the lead as Cavani completed his brace.
Then the experienced defender had a head in gifting Uruguay the victor on 62 minutes.
"I think there is often a mistaken assumption that possession leads to scoring opportunities", Tabarez said.
France will next face either Portugal or Uruguay in the quarterfinals on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod.
The pair combined for the opener, with Cavani's cross-field pass from the right flank finding Suarez. The end result was that Ronaldo rarely got the space he needed to generate speed and could never pose a threat to a side who till this game had not conceded a goal.
"We have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez said.