The win may have come at a price, though, as Cavani limped off late on.
Kylian Mbappe, only 19 and one of the youngest players at the tournament, scored two goals in a five-minute span of the second half to lead France over Argentina 4-3 Saturday and into the World Cup quarterfinals.
Uruguay and Portugal have faced off on two previous occasions, but never at the World Cup. Messi's Argentina lost to France in the other game of the day. "There is a tournament in September, the Uefa League of Nations, and we hope that he is with us so that he can help the young players who will need their captain's example".
Cavani's double accounted for Portugal as Uruguay won their last-16 clash in Sochi 2-1 on Saturday night. That was Suárez's 12th assist for Cavani in his 44 goals for Uruguay. Cavani, out deep on the right side, launched a crossfield pass for Luis Suarez on the left before receving back the high cross at the right post with a powerful header which beat goalminder Rui Patricio.
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"It's not the time to talk about the future when it comes to the players and coach", he said.
The opening goal against Portugal was the first time this World Cup we saw the full extent of just what a fully unleashed Cavani and Suarez might be capable of doing.
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Uruguay will now prepare to face France on Friday with Cavani in a race to be fit. I am happy, happy, happy. Against Portugal, they looked well balanced and while they did concede, it was the first goal against them in 597 minutes of football, a run stretching back to August a year ago.
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Going on to suggest that "no single player" can contain him for ninety minutes, Tabarez went as far to name-check even his most revered defender, Diego Godín, as being incapable of carrying out the task.
There is always competition to earn a place in the team, but things are easier "when they have given you the rules and everything is done based on our sacred word. which is respect".
Rodrigo Bentancur found Cavani on the right touchline and he swept a magnificent crossfield pass to Suarez.
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But Germany came out with an uninspired effort against South Korea , and its failure came in especially gut-wrenching fashion. Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16.
"Today we committed a mistake that led to the equaliser but we have a very strong team in terms of mindset", Tabarez added, citing the value of his team's "intensity, focus and tactical intuition".