Uruguay's 2-1 win over Portugal sends them to the World Cup quarter-final for only the second time since 1970, and though Edinson Cavani stole the headlines with two goals, he could not have done it without the Barcelona man.
It was his third goal of the tournament, having opened his account in Russian Federation with a goal against the hosts in the final group stage game as Uruguay claimed a 3-0 victory.
The result means Ronaldo followed Lionel Messi out of the World Cup on the same day.
Messi's return in Russian Federation was more meagre - at times he looked disillusioned on the field as Argentine struggled to find anything like their usual style and he drifted deep into midfield in the forlorn hope of influencing games.
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He scored a minute after Ronaldo tested Fernando Muslera with a 20-yard long-ranger in the sixth minute. He combined with Luis Suarez to compete a series of precision passes to give Uruguay the early advantage with a header in the seventh minute. Suarez made Patricio produce a one-handed save from a free kick in the 22nd minute.
Stopping Ronaldo. It was that simple for Uruguay. Godin marked Ronaldo in keeping away the latter's aerial threat.
"Now is not the time to talk about the future, either of the coach or the players", the Portugal skipper said after the game.
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During practice, we played here today, but during the match, it's going to be something totally different. I'm just happy to be back on the grass courts. "So it'll be fun to watch and fun to play, hopefully".
Tabarez praised the determination of his side after they withstood waves of pressure from Portugal, following Cavani's 55th minute strike, which regained the lead for Uruguay. Twice he held his head on Saturday after aerial challenges, forcing the game to stop when he had in fact been impacted elsewhere, and his past suspensions speak for themselves. Mulsera makes a howler, dropping the ball.it falls to Bernardo Silva who panics and blazes his shot over the bar with the goal gaping.
Then the experienced defender had a head in gifting Uruguay the victor on 62 minutes.
How will Uruguay line up against Portugal? Martin Caceres will start at right-back while Diego Laxalt could start at left-back.
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"Now is not the time to talk about the future, either of the coach or the players", the Portugal skipper said after the game. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - two of the most enduring and popular players of the past decade.