Monday, 16 July, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo hailed after Edinson Cavani incident

Messi to have view of giant Ronaldo mural from Argentina's team hotel Jorge Sampaoli explains touchline exchange with Lionel Messi over Aguero sub
Betsy Taylor | 01 July, 2018, 08:09

Cristiano Ronaldo has declined to discuss his global future after Portugal bowed out of the World Cup.

Messi, a phenomenon when he was only 18, was instrumental in Argentina winning the 2005 World Youth Championship, as the U-20 World Cup was then called. Santos will be demanding more from his players after they struggled to beat Morocco and only managed to draw with Iran in their last two games.

Antoine Griezmann gave France the lead from the penalty spot but the South Americans levelled with a sweet hit from Angel Di Maria and edged ahead shortly after half-time through Gabriel Mercado. "Now I'm one more fan of the national team". They had a hard time qualifying themselves, but they did.

Some players did speak after the loss to France, though, including Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia.

The tournament is certainly going to be a lot quieter without El Diego.

"But when you have someone like Pepe in the team, he pops up and scores goals, but he also makes stupid decisions in the game".

Mbappe's first goal came seven minutes later when he snared a loose ball, taking one touch to race past his marker and lashing it home with his left foot through Armani's dive.

"It's flattering to be the second one after Pele, but let's keep things in context", Mbappe said.

"This is a flawless ball in, to a striker who's very good in the heading department, and he doesn't miss from there", said Schmeichel.


For Argentina, the man to watch is once again Lionel Messi.

"That is why I don't want to talk about any other kind of analysis".

"We know what we would expect on Saturday but we have the weapons to defend well and to hurt them". I'm sad, I'm frustrated - I think that's quite normal.

"Happy for what happened today, I hope we can go further", Cavani said. Portugal's run for the World Cup came to a screeching halt, thanks to Luis Suarez, 31, Edison Cavani, 31, and the rest of La Celeste.

Spain midfielder David Silva said his side will be treating the match "as if we were playing against Brazil".

Season after season, Messi is still a gravity-defying magician with the right assistants, while Ronaldo must be lauded for the diligence he has shown sculpting everything - from his physique to his pace, power and precision with the ball.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure during the entire match and could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played. But although both have made it to the final weekend in the past - Ronaldo having finished fourth in 2006, Messi second in 2014 - the last 16 was where their journey ended this time. "Uruguay scored with their first shot on our goal".

"He's a shining light for us all and we have to do our very best to all try to be at his level".

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