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Cristiano Ronaldo managed a smile despite departing Russian Federation on the back of World Cup heartache as he flew home with the Portugal team on Sunday.

While Mbappe was the most influential player on the pitch, Argentina's Angel Di Maria and France full back Benjamin Pavard fought out a private contest for the best goal of the contest with two magnificent long-range strikes. "We know that France will be very tough indeed".

"Now is not the time to talk about the future of players and coaches", Ronaldo said. Anything can happen in a knockout match, and though Portugal performed well against the Uruguayans and could have emerged winners, Ronaldo was in sporting mood. "A hard match is expecting us".

After three unimpressive matches in the group stage, France finally made the most of its enormous attacking potential and 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe became the first teenager to score a couple of times in a World Cup match since Pele's double in the 1958 final.

See also video of goals and video highlights Uruguay - Portugal.

"According to the source, the player himself is planning to play up to 41 years, but they never specify to what age will play for the national team".

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The Fisht Stadium also saw the first group match of Portugal, against 2010 World Cup victor Spain.

Portugal lost the match because of smashing kicks by Cavani but still, Ronaldo came forward to give his shoulder to the injured opponent. "He is excellent", Figo once commented.

They are not the prettiest side, but Sweden are extremely effective and happy to play the role of underdog, having seen off the Netherlands and Italy in qualifying and advanced to the last 16 at the expense of champions Germany.

Cavani picked out Suarez on the left with a cross-field ball, before continuing his run into the penalty area and meeting the Barcelona striker's return delivery at the back post, the ball smacking off his face and flying in.

Santos had bristled at a question about the team's dependence on Ronaldo before Saturday's match, brushing it off with a wry joke.

Just like what they had in the national anthem: "Against the cannons, March, March".


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