Uruguay Coach Tabarez Expects Tough Time Handling France’s Griezmann, Mbappe

Jul 06, 2018, 22:18
Uruguay Coach Tabarez Expects Tough Time Handling France’s Griezmann, Mbappe

Portugal had 61 percent of the possession and four times as many shots at goal as the Uruguyans but Tabarez dismissed possession as a mere statistic and said what mattered was creating and converting chances. "I think what we did best today was to help the team".

Forward of the Uruguay national football Edinson Cavani, who received an injury in the match against team of Portugal in the 1/8 finals, maybe not to play against France in the quarterfinals of the 2018 world Cup.

Ronaldo will be 35 by the next European Championship, and 37 by the next World Cup in Qatar.

Santos had bristled at a question about the team's dependence on Ronaldo before Saturday's match, brushing it off with a wry joke. The Uruguayans are an elite defensive group, with a midfield that dominated Portugal and never allowed Ronaldo to take over like he has so many times before. In what was one of Russia World Cup's most spectacular matches, 33-year-old Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo lit up the game with a hat-trick. During the run of play, Portugal rarely got any clear looks at goal.

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"First of all, congratulations to Uruguay", said the dejected 63-year-old tactician. "There is a tournament in September, the UEFA (Nations League) and we hope he will be with us to help the younger ones to grow", he told reporters.

"The player remains in pain".

Although the World Cup in Russian Federation has lost its two most glittering names, some people might be relieved that the event would henceforth be more about teams than individuals.

Griezmann praised the collective strength of France during the Argentina game.

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Portugal had an average age of 27 in Russian Federation, with nine players over 30, including numerous starters.

"It's time to say goodbye and for the younger players to step in", said Javier Mascherano, who at 34 said he was retiring from the national team.

With or without Ronaldo, Portugal will return to the field on September 10, when it will make its Nations League against Italy.

Cavani scored two brilliant goals against Portugal in Uruguay's 2-1 last 16 victory on Saturday, before limping off with the assistance of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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