Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez said on Friday that he would never blame his players for losing their World Cup quarter-final encounter against France.
The match that was held in Nizhny Novgorod ended in a 2-0 victory to France, with Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera committing a mistake with the second goal, as he allowed Antoine Griezmann’s speculative shot to slip through his fingers.
"We understand that the second goal was scored in an extraordinary situation, but Muslera is an important part of our team... I'll never say that my players are to blame for what happened. I've never done that, and I never will. I think that only those who do nothing don't commit mistakes... I'm not going to criticize anyone," Tabarez told journalists.
He added that his team have come "a long way" at this summer's tournament.
"Of course, we are disappointed, but we still have won four matches. We've been fighting, we've come a long way. Unfortunately, we did not take our chances today," Tabarez added.
France qualified for the semi-finals and will next face either Brazil or Belgium in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.