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"We are very sad that we didn't make it".

The World Cup is now without the two best players in the world.

"I think we have quality, individually and especially collectively, and we know that we're going to face a team that are very strong".

The Atletico Madrid pair of Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez will be charged with keeping Ronaldo quiet, and Portugal coach Fernando Santos warned his side not to expect their captain to win the tie on his own for the European champions.

In the second half, both teams again took centre stage, pushing hard to score more goals and dominate the game.

Get the latest World Cup news updates. Argentina's defeat ended World Cup dreams of another great footballer of the current generation in Lionel Messi.

Uruguay will now go on to meet France in the quarter-finals, while for Ronaldo and Portugal, they will have to assess their failure to add the World Cup to the European crown that they won two years ago.

He was a lot calmer after the match, politely shaking the referee's hand and smiling as he slowly walked past reporters without taking any questions. "That's why Uruguay has to be congratulated".

Portugal's Ronaldo has scored 85 goals in 153 appearances and looks in inspiring form this time barring the last group game where he missed a penalty and was involved in a VAR influenced decision getting away with a yellow card after pulling down an Iran defender.

"There's a tournament in September [Uefa Nations League] and of course we hope Cristiano will be with us to help these young players to grow".

"We played better than Uruguay, but it's those who score more goals who win".

Ronaldo finished his World Cup campaign with four goals, one adrift of England's Harry Kane who leads the standings with five.

Uruguay's previous five goals at Russian Federation 2018 all came from set-pieces but they opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a goal of the highest quality.

They had 61 percent possession, played more than double the number of passes as Uruguay and had 20 attempts compared to six from their opponents. Among the youngsters expected to keep Portugal contending are midfielder Bernardo Silva and forwards Andre Silva, Goncalo Guedes and Gelson Martins, who are all 23 or younger.

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