A brace from Edinson Cavani was enough to see off a resilient Portugal side and send Ronaldo packing on the same day Lionel Messi was eliminated with Argentina.

Cavani opened the scoring for Uruguay inside of ten minutes when he combined with Luis Suarez. The Paris Saint Germain forward initially found his Barcelona compatriot with a superb diagonal, only to meet the return ball with a fierce header-come-chest combo directed towards Rui Patricio’s top corner.

There were few chances in the first half of what was arguably the most physical battle of the World Cup so far, but Portugal took their chance early after the break.

Pepe rose above all to meet a header on the six yard line, using the distraction of Ronaldo to sneak in behind Diego Godin and found the back of the net with ease.

It only took seven minutes for Cavani to pop up once again for the Group A winners, as he came in on the left hand side to curl a sublime shot across Patricio into the bottom right hand corner with his right foot, in true Thierry Henry fashion.

Portugal dominated proceedings as the clock ticked on, but their pressure was to no avail as Godin shone once again to see out a well-earned victory.

Uruguay will now face France in the quarter-finals on July 6 in Nizhny Novgorod, in the day’s early kick-off.

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