Uruguay's Cavani has swollen calf, not tear, as France loom

Sherman Parsons
July 6, 2018

If they still would be in their national teams, they would be the top oldest players in the world cup history, a record now being held by Egypt's goalkeeper Essam El Hadary.

Cavani dominated the headlines but acclaim for the goals has been quickly replaced by concerns about the injury he sustained in the 74th minute against Portugal.

Skipper Ronaldo has netted four times in Russian Federation, including a hat-trick in his side's opening game against Spain.

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. It was also the birth year of Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old who's emerging as one of the biggest stars of the World Cup. "That is the way that we see football", he said.

Edinson Cavani scored in both half of the match to send Oscar Tabarez' side through to the last eight of the tournament. But this didn't eclipse his efforts and determination in his fourth World Cup trip.

"He's essential, because of the kind of player he is, for what he has shown in every match he has played for the national team, not to mention in the present moment", he said.

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Portugal coach Fernando Santos expected Ronaldo to keep contributing to the national team.

"It was hard", he continued. People went on to blame Georgina for bringing bad luck to the team and her partner, who missed various chances at the net since she was present at the game held at Sochi's Fisht Stadium. "But we have a very strong team in terms of our mindset".

"He's always the best player in the world", he said.

Cavani then had to be helped off by Ronaldo before watching the rest of the game from the dugout with ice on a calf injury. "We know that France will be very tough indeed". But we will try our best and look to impose our way of playing on them, using our strengths.

Despite the five-time Ballon d'Or suggesting he'll remain at the highest level into his 40's, his post-match comments sparked rumours he may end his 15-year career with A Seleção das Quinas.

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