His four-goal tally in three games - including a hat-trick against Spain - had Portugal dreaming of their first World Cup quarter-final appearance since 2006. Subs: Fernandes 5, Quaresma 6, A Silva 5.
"It was hard because the opposition had more ball possession and were very often in our half of the pitch".
The PSG forward turned in one of the performances of the tournament so far, single-handedly guiding his country over the line and into the last eight. Uruguay looking much more comfortable than the Portuguese. "We will have to work collectively to try to contain him, in order to try to limit the effect he can have". Uruguay still leads, 1-0. Suarez made Patricio produce a one-handed save from a free kick in the 22nd minute.
Suarez and Cavani combined brilliantly for the seventh-minute opener on Russia's Black Sea coast. Furthermore, both players leave Russian Federation still in search of their first goals in the tournament's knockout stages.
Portugal and Uruguay with Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez in the forefront will battle in the second elimination 2018 World Cup soccer game on Saturday. They had just 30% possession after halftime. This is the third time that this record has changed hands in Russian Federation, with Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma having both broken it during the group stage. Twelve of those have been assisted by Luis Suarez.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker had already bagged a brace in the contest, putting Uruguay up 2-1, but was unable to continue in the 74th minute as he limped off the field with the assistance of Cristiano Ronaldo.
"Now is not the time to talk about the future, either of the coach or the players", the Portugal skipper said after the game.
Uruguay: Muslera 7, Gimenez 8, Godin 8, Laxalt 7, Caceres 6, Bentancur 6, Nandez 6, Torreira 6, Vecino 6, Suarez 8, Cavani 9. But there was no late video review to benefit Portugal as Ronaldo's fourth World Cup came to an uneventful end. But with Uruguay sitting back, Portugal did equalise 10 minutes into the second half.
The four early goals in this year's tournament had put him in position to contend for the "Golden Boot" trophy, but he was surpassed by England striker Harry Kane's five goals in the group stage.