Stop Mbappe! Uruguay's tactic vs. France for quarter-final
Jul 04 2018
Uruguay, world champions in 1930 and 1950, will play France, who beat Argentina 4-3 earlier in the day, in Nizhny Novgorod on July 6.
At the last World Cup, Luis Suarez was involved in a notorious biting scandal and as back in 1986 Uruguay were labelled "liars and cheaters" by Alex Ferguson after a bad-tempered match against Scotland.
The teams went into the breather with Uruguay 1-0 to the good.
It should be noted that both Ronaldo and Messi would be 37 and 35 respectively when the next World Cup comes around.
And for all of Ronaldo's own genius, when it really mattered in France his teammates had to win the Euros without him after his first half injury. He made his first division debut in 2009 for Real Sociedad under the direction of Uruguayan coach Martin Lasarte. It was the first goal he has conceded all year.
The second goal from Uruguay, minutes after a Portuguese equalizer, was vintage stuff from Cavani.
Ronaldo endured a frustrating evening in Sochi on Saturday, with Uruguay brilliantly executing their defensive game-plan and limiting the amount of time the five-time Ballon d'Or victor got on the ball.
It remains to be seen who Uruguay will turn to to replace Cavani if, as expected, he is out for the game, with Girona forward Christhian Stuani and Celta Vigo's Maximiliano Gomez both possible options to start alongside Suarez.
For Portugal, this was surely the last World Cup hurrah for Ronaldo who, like his great rival Lionel Messi, still hasn't scored a goal in the knock out rounds of the tournament.
"It was hard. Portugal had more possession and were often in our half of the pitch, and it would have been better for us to have more of the ball and play the game closer to their goal". If Gonzalo Higuain finished just one of the key chances he had in each of these finals then we would be talking about Messi's incredible worldwide dominance.
But Angel Di Maria's stunning long-range effort saw Argentina draw level, before Gabriel Mercado's fortunate goal put them ahead.
Indeed, Neymar has found the net six times in nearly half the number of shots it took the Portuguese.
France reacted to falling behind by turning on the after burners. Cavani, who is also on three strikers so far, is priced further out at 26.00 to finish with the Golden Boot.
But Uruguay have their own offensive weapons more than capable of doing damage to a vulnerable French back line. And you can see how [Argentina] defenders struggled to keep up with Mbappe today.
The World Cup is in knockout mode and with half of the 32 national teams already culled, including 2014 champions Germany and the Socceroos, the tournament moves into overdrive.