It is an accusation often levelled at Portugal that they are a toothless team if Cristiano Ronaldo has an off-day, but their victory in the Euro 2016 final with their talisman missing most of the game through injury is used as the ideal riposte to that suggestion.
The star of the game that sent Cristiano Ronaldo's team back home was Paris Saint-Germain's striker Edinson Cavani, who opened the score with an unbelievable header on the 7th minute, following an incredible cross-field assist by Barcelona's Luis Suárez.
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.
Edinson Cavani's double sent Uruguay into the last eight of the Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation.
Meanwhile, European champions Portugal go home, as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi bow out of the competition on the same day.
There were flashes from Ronaldo early but nothing compared to Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, as the famed Uruguay duo showed what can be achieved when you have a little support to lean on.
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However, Cavani struck a well-placed shot in the 62nd minute to ensure that Portugal moves on to the quarter finals.
Portugal: Portugal are well prepared and hopeful of delivering a big performance against Uruguay.
Portugal had 61 percent of the possession and four times as many shots at goal as the Uruguayans, but Tabarez dismissed possession as a mere statistic and said what mattered was creating and converting chances.
Pepe came in behind and Uruguay finally surrendered its first goal of the tournament in the 55th minute. Suarez, along with Edinson Cavani will threaten the Portuguese defence.
However, Uruguay and Cavani were not to be denied, as having received a pass from Rodrigo Bentancur on the edge of the box, the 31-year-old wrapped his foot around the ball to dispatch past a despairing Patricio. We want to achieve this at the World Cup.
The Argentina fans were now in full voice but their joy did not last long before France restored parity after 57 minutes, Pavard pouncing on an over-cooked cross some 20 metres out and lashing it on the half-volley into the net.
The World Cup match between Uruguay and Portugal will be broadcast live on Fox.