By Florencia Simoes with Uruguay

“We’re sad because our dream of going all the way is over,” Jose Gimenez told FIFA.com. Unable to hide his extreme disappointment after his team’s loss to France in the last eight of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the Uruguay centre-back said, “It really hurts us deeply because we had our hearts set on something else, and although we battled to the end, we’re leaving empty-handed.”

The Atletico Madrid defender already had tears in his eyes, brought on by the sadness and helplessness of the situation, in the 88th minute of Friday’s match. He was helping to form a wall to block a French free-kick, following a foul he had committed, when it struck him that La Celeste were heading out of Russia 2018, and that there was very little he could do to prevent their elimination.

After remaining unbeaten for four matches, and conceding just one goal against Portugal in the previous round, the Uruguayans fell to a 2-0 defeat and were forced to bid farewell to this World Cup. “The match panned out largely as we expected it to – it was very tense, with both teams looking to capitalise on any mistakes,” he said. In the end, it was _Los Charrúas, _who committed the errors that proved crucial to the result.

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