30 June 2018 • 9:16pm How does Portugal being knocked out change the World Cup? Have a look with our predictor Why Messi and Ronaldo must not just be judged on World Cups First Lionel Messi was upstaged by Kylian Mbappe, now Cristiano Ronaldo must wrestle with the crushing disappointment of seeing his World Cup dream shattered after being comprehensively outstripped by another Paris St-Germain striker. Two sumptuous goals from Edinson Cavani set up a tantalising quarter-final meeting with France on Friday on a day when hope of a Messi-Ronaldo showdown were in Nizhny Novgorod was vanquished. Yet this was not quite the fairytale for Cavani that France’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Argentina had proved for his club team-mate, Mbappe, earlier in the day. There was only 10 minutes between Cavani scoring Uruguay’s decisive second after the Portugal defender Pepe had cancelled out his opening goal and the striker limping off with a crestfallen look on his face. Cavani was helped off the field in a show of great sportsmanship from Ronaldo but this was the closest the Portugal captain got to leaving an impression on the game. Ronaldo’s misery was compounded in the closing seconds when he was booked… Read full this story
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