Edinson Cavani sends Uruguay to World Cup last eight as Portugal bow out

Edinson Cavani scored twice to secure Uruguay’s path to the World Cup last eight as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal crashed out of the tournament in a 2-1 defeat.

Cavani gave Uruguay a seventh-minute lead before Pepe equalised 10 minutes after half-time, but a 67th-minute winner secured Uruguay’s place in the quarter-finals where they will face France on Friday.

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Colombia put trust in Juan Quintero to be chief threat against England

José Pekerman, the Colombia coach, plots way of coping if James Rodríguez fails to be fit for Tuesday’s last-16 match

The look in José Pekerman’s baffled pinched eyes said it all. Colombia had just made history by qualifying for consecutive World Cup knockout stages for their first time, but the worry creased across the coach’s furrowed brow when asked about the extent of James Rodríguez’s latest injury was plain to see.

“I’m very concerned, it’s very worrying,” the 68-year-old Argentinian confessed after Colombia’s 1-0 win over Senegal in which Rodríguez had to depart the field with a frustrated thumping of the turf just 31 minutes in. “It’s a very difficult situation for us. I don’t know where he stands right now. I can’t say any more because I just don’t know.”

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Fernando Hierro – Spain’s emergency manager with a pastoral touch

Former players of Hierro have no doubt that despite his limited experience as a coach he’s the right man for the job

The message arrived very late on the night Spain played their opening match against Portugal, so Miguel Linares did not see it until the following morning. When he looked at his phone, he says he could hardly believe it: a message from the national team manager, Fernando Hierro.

The day before, Linares had announced that, out of contract at 35, he was leaving second division Real Oviedo, where he had played the previous four years. During one of them – and not an especially successful one in 2016-17 – his manager had been Hierro, who now wrote from Russia to wish him well and offer thanks for everything he had done.

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Maurizio Sarri set to be announced as Chelsea manager early next week

• Former Napoli manager will replace Antonio Conte
• Aleksandr Golovin and Alisson Becker are transfer targets

Chelsea finally hope to resolve their managerial situation in advance of the return of their non-World Cup players for pre-season training at the beginning of next week, with Maurizio Sarri set to replace Antonio Conte.

The club has been in a state of flux since the end of the season, with Conte expecting to be sacked and Sarri teed up as a replacement, only for talks over compensation to delay the process. There is now an acceptance at Chelsea that the process has to gather pace, with those first-team squad members not involved in Russia having been told to report back to Cobham on 9 July.

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