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Portugal

But Uruguay held on to reach the last eight, even if match-winner Cavani gave them a scare ahead of the France game by limping off in the final quarter.

And after Portugal equalised with Pepe's header in the 55th minute, it was Cavani again finishing a ideal Uruguay counter in the 62nd with a shot from just inside the penalty area that caught Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio slightly out of position and curled inside the far post.

After Cavani limped out of the match in the 73rd minute-having been helped from the field by Cristiano Ronaldo-all eyes will be on his fitness for the quarter-final against France.

After their 3-3 draw with Spain in their opening World Cup game, Portugal have not conceded a goal from open play and they shipped just one in their four knockout games at Euro 2016.

Uruguay vs. Portugal preview, players to watch, key stats
Uruguay enters as Group A winners following victories over Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation . Oscar Tabarez is the longest-serving global manager. "Some of my players know them better than I do.

Uruguay will play France on Friday, July 6 at 5 p.m. local time (3 p.m. BST, 10 a.m. ET).

Argentina's Lionel Messi looks dejected. Uruguay, however, soon demonstrated their hunger to win, with Cavani's one-touch curler. Before he gave Ricardo Pereira any chance to close him down, Cavani placed a clinical first-time strike back across the goal and into the back of the net.

Pepe's goal was the first time the South Americans' defence had been breached in this tournament, but they stood firm after that and are beginning to look like genuine contenders moving into the latter stages in Russian Federation. Meanwhile, three of Portugal's last four goals have come from outside the box.

Pepe finally breached the Uruguay defence ten minutes after the break with a powerful header following a corner to make 1-1 for Portugal.

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"I hope it's going to be a great clash between these two teams because it's very different from the group stages - either you win or you lose".

His first goal on Saturday involved an incredible, cross-field combination with Luis Suarez.

The PSG man snuck in at the back post to dispatch Luis Suarez's pinpoint cross past Rui Patricio with just seven minutes on the clock.

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"In football, there are no moral victories and I would have preferred to play worse and win the match", Portugal coach Fernando Santos said, adding they still needed Ronaldo to guide the national team's younger players.

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