2018 World Cup: Cavani’s Absence Costs Suarez And Uruguay

Friday’s epic saw Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez not involved in a Uruguay starting line up for the first team since they were beaten 4-1 by Brazil back in March 2017. 

Cavani was ruled out of the match due to a calf injury suffered in the last-16 victory over Portugal earlier this week. His absence split up the dangerous strike partnership that makes Uruguay such a terrifying attacking force.

In that time, Uruguay have lost only once in 13 matches, scoring 20 times — 12 of which belong to either Cavani or Suarez — and conceding just six.

Edinson Cavani Back In Uruguay Training After Calf Injury But Remains Huge Doubt For France Clash

Their strong form saw them enter the tournament in Russia as one of the dark horses, but the absence of Cavani — their tournament top scorer with three goals —proved costly on Friday. Luis Suarez did not have a single touch in the France penalty area as Uruguay suffered Cavani’s absence.


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