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Uruguayans admit France gave 'football lesson' at FIFA World Cup

Uruguayans were gracious in defeat after France ended their World Cup hopes on Friday with a 2-0 quarter-final victory.

Published: 06th July 2018 11:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2018 11:37 PM   |  A+A-

Fans of Uruguay's national soccer team watch a television broadcast of the World Cup match between France and Uruguay in downtown Montevideo. | AP

By AFP

MONTEVIDEO: Uruguayans were gracious in defeat after France ended their World Cup hopes on Friday with a 2-0 quarter-final victory.

"France crushed Uruguay!" admitted Observador, one of Uruguay's main newspapers.

"They handed out a football lesson, dominating the light blues from the first minute to the 90th, and deservedly qualified for the World Cup semi-finals."

El Pais insisted the players were nonetheless heroes.

"Thanks lads!" said its title, before adding: "The dream is over."

Despite defeat, fans took to the main Independence Square in the Old City of Montevideo, Uruguay's capital, and sang songs, honked horns and danced.

On social media, the hashtag "More Uruguayan than ever" proved popular.



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