Sochi: Edinson Cavani scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo none, giving Uruguay a 2-1 victory over Portugal on Saturday at the World Cup. On the same day, Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina's loss, the other "GOAT" at this tournament was also eliminated.
It was two weeks ago that Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the same stadium against Spain, stroking his chin after the first goal to imply he was the "greatest of all time."
While the five-time Ballon d’Or winner failed to emerge as the star of the night, his heart-warming gesture during the match won many hearts.
Cavani was struggling to continue after a severe calf pain just after the hour mark and when it became evident that the PSG star could not continue, Ronaldo rushed to help his opponent.
The Portugal captain put his arm around Cavani and guided him towards Fernando Muslera’s goal off the pitch after which the Uruguay staff took over.
Supporters present at the Sochi stadium applauded Ronaldo for his warm gesture while Twitterati was also quick to praise the Real Madrid talisman for his great sportsmanship.
Ronaldo helping Cavani off the pitch still not quite as good as this 💯💯 Mark Noble moment pic.twitter.com/tKBIHpzXf2— Dr Charlotte Lydia Riley (@lottelydia) June 30, 2018
Ronaldo carrying Cavani out of the pitch is alone better than any Messi moment in this world cup.— Lukita (@ModricEsque) June 30, 2018
Messi's highlight of the day was assisting two goals against one of the lethal teams of worldcup.
Ronaldo's highlight of the day was helping cavani to reach the sideline.— #1 (@messiphile) June 30, 2018
Ronaldo helping Cavani to walk out after getting injured is probably the most beautiful thing in the World Cup so far ❤#Respect— OMAR 👑 (@Omaaar96) June 30, 2018
Cristiano helping an injured Cavani out will be one of those historic images from this WC— Tiago Estêvão (@TiagoEstv) June 30, 2018
Yet another PR stunt by Ronaldo! Helping Cavani off the pitch an attempt to gain the headlines! I'll tell you right now, he didn't actually mean to help him!— Ultra 🇺🇾🇺🇾 (@UltraAutistic) June 30, 2018
Ronaldo was like “sure Cavani, let me help you exit the game “ 😂😂— 🌸🇸🇴 (@LuluLemonLime83) June 30, 2018
Uruguay, a two-time champion that reached the semifinals at the 2010 World Cup, will next face France on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod.
There was no goal from Ronaldo this time. Everywhere he went, the Portugal great was hounded by two or three Uruguayan defenders.
It was Cavani who instead took the spotlight. He combined with Luis Suarez to compete a series of precision passes to give Uruguay the early advantage with a header in the seventh minute. And after Portugal equalized on Pepe's header in the 55th minute, it was Cavani again finishing a perfect 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.