After almost five and a half hours of football, it was the first goal Uruguay had let in at this World Cup - indeed it was the first they had conceded in 2018.
"I am sure that Portugal will continue to be one of the best teams in the world".
"Now is not the time to talk about the future, either of the coach or the players", the Portugal skipper said after the game.
However, the 1998 World Cup champions have slipped to +850 on the World Cup championship odds after opening the tournament at +700, and have also fallen to defeat in all four previous meetings with Argentina while scoring just one total goal. But although both have made it to the final weekend in the past - Ronaldo having finished fourth in 2006, Messi second in 2014 - the last 16 was where their journey ended this time.
Many praised Ronaldo for an apparent act of sportsmanship.
"He is their leader, their captain".
Portugal will take part in the inaugural UEFA Nations League later this year, beginning against Italy in September.
"The distinctive feature of the game was the dedication the players showed on the pitch, and that is the way that we see football", Tabarez said.
The Pavon-Messi partnership would add more movement to the Argentine side in general, something which they have struggled with in their three games so far.