With Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez in their familiar central roles, Uruguay did demonstrate their defensive superiority, nullifying Ronaldo's impact throughout an opening half largely controlled by a Portugal side lacking penetration against Oscar Tabarez's rock-solid back four. Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning, Paddy McKenna and Carl Kinsella featuring JOE.co.uk Senior Football Correspondent and font of wisdom Melissa Reddy.
With four goals scored after just two World Cup matches, Ronaldo was one of only a few soccer players seen as capable of winning the 2018 Golden Boot - the prize given to the top goalscorer. To lead Portugal into the last eight of the World Cup.
"We know that they were tight in the midfield, so we had some players playing wide to try to unblock the Uruguay defence, In the first half we did it less well". Everywhere he went, the Portugal great was hounded by two or three Uruguayan defenders.
Diego Godin helped formed the nearly watertight defence that stopped Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring on Saturday night but the Uruguayan is actually available for a ridiculously cheap price this summer.
Against Uruguay, though, we saw the reality of Portugal's overreliance on the Real Madrid forward.
"It's not the time to talk about the future of the coach, the players, the squad", he said. Above all he made it a night which will be remembered for long - the night when Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both played their last World Cup games (probably).
"The truth is, it was really exciting", Cavani said.
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"We have one of the best in the world but if you ask me, [Luis] Suarez, [Edinson] Cavani, you can ask the same question of Uruguay because you have great players in every team".
But by defeating the reigning European champions, the two-time World Cup winners will face France in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday with hopes of making it to the semifinals and keeping alive the prospect of an all-South American clash in the final. "A group that has a big ambition to triumph and that is why I am happy about everything".
"No team can win with one player alone", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.
"At this stage of the tournament I think you need a flawless game to be able to advance", Suarez said after the South Americans vanquished Portugal.
In the 71st minute, Uruguay was reduced to 10 men when Cavani limped off from the field and was helped by Ronaldo, inviting a round of applause from the spectators. "Even if he scores three goals in match, you still need to have a team to support him".
"We have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez said.