But since then he has scored in each of his country's games, against Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation, leaving him just one goal away from equalling Oscar Miguez's Uruguayan record tally of eight at World Cups. Cavani sent a cross into the box where Suarez, however, could hardly get a decent shot.
Cavani then had to be helped off by Ronaldo before watching the rest of the game from the dugout with ice on a calf injury.
But on Saturday, it was Edinson Cavani who scored twice to earn victory for the Uruguayans.
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And just like that Germany's eliminated from 2018 FIFA World Cup contention in the group stage for the first time since 1938. I didn't look at that group and think automatically that they would go through. "We need to draw the right conclusions".
"We have played without Edinson already, during qualification, and the team adapted to the situation", explained Suarez.
Recall that Portugal lost to Uruguay and left the 2018 world Cup. We'll see what happens, we'll do [medical] exams. They have had a chance to top Group B while leading in the third round of group match against Iran in the first half, but the game ended in a draw ultimately after a controversial penalty goal from the opponent.
Meanwhile, European champions Portugal go home, as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi bow out of the competition on the same day.
"Organization of the world Cup I was pleasantly surprised".
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Left-back Ludwig Augustinsson took advantage of a miscued shot from Forseberg to score an important goal for his team. With Sweden having topped the group, Mexico will now face Brazil in a mouthwatering second round match-up.
However, Ronaldo, who will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup, would not be drawn on whether he planned to extend his worldwide career.
If Cavani is unable to recover his replacement will also come from the Spanish Liga Santander with either Cristhian Stuani or Maxi Gomez in line to play. "They've shown throughout the World Cup how good their game is, their speed, how compact they are, it's unbelievable". "We know that France will be very tough indeed".
The two share similar traits as players: they are fiercely competitive, possess a work-rate as monstrous as their goal-scoring records and are capable of producing moments of beauty with the ball.
"The team will continue to be one of the best teams in the world". "He gives us confidence that we can win every match".
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How are we going to be risky to an opponent if we do not get our performance right? We've not won a knockout game since 2006. After a "dark day" for German football, as Neuer put it, the future looks bright.