Best images as Edinson Cavani's brace helps Uruguay send Portugal out of World Cup 2018

Uruguay defeated Portugal 2-1 at the Fisht Stadium on Saturday to reach the quarter-finals of World Cup 2018.

A magnificent brace from Edinson Cavani helped them beat Fernando Santos’ side as Cristiano Ronaldo‘s team followed Lionel Messi‘s Argentina to head out of the tournament, on the same day.

Uruguay will now meet France in the last eight after earlier beating Jorge Sampaoli’s team 4-3 in the last 16.

Here, we take a look at some of the best images from the game as Cavani’s ruthless finishing helped his team overcome Portugal.

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Argentina's Javier Mascherano retires from international football after loss to France

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Javier Mascherano, Argentina’s most-capped player (147 appearances) has retired from international football after the 4-3 loss against France on Saturday in the World Cup.

Speaking after the game, the 34-year old said, “It’s time to say goodbye.”

“I hope that all the lads who follow in my footsteps can achieve what they are aiming for. There are no more illusions for me,” he told Argentina’s TyC sports channel.

Mascherano made his international debut in 2003 and went on to appear 147 times for his country.

The veteran midfielder though also received a yellow card in the last-16 game against France.

Mascherano departed from Barcelona after playing 334 games for the Catalan club and joined Herbei China Fortune, a club in the Chinese Super League.

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Dele Alli confident about England's penalty hopes at the World Cup

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Dele Alli wants to a take a spot-kick if England’s World Cup fate comes down to a penalty shootout.

The knockout phase brings with it the spectre of penalties, which Gareth Southgate‘s men have been preparing for since March.

England have lost six of their seven shootouts at major tournaments, but Alli is confident this time will be different should it come to it.

“We have been taking some penalties after training and looking into things,” he said ahead of the last-16 clash with Colombia.

“But obviously we don’t want to give too much away.

“We’re confident and we’re looking to change things.

“I took one against Southampton (at Tottenham). I think everyone wants to step up and help the team as much as we can.

“Whatever is right at the time, if I’m on the pitch, I want to take one and I’ll ask and try and take one.”

Wing-back Kieran Trippier has been the Three Lions’ set-piece star during the tournament and would surely be among the squad’s five preferred takers.

He spoke confidently about England’s prospects of succeeding where so many of their predecessors have failed, adding: “When it comes to it, whoever is selected will step up and put it in the back of the net.

“After every session we just practise. Stick to one place and put it there. You’ve just got to feel confident when you step up and try to tuck it away.”

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