NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia Uruguay's never-say-die players fell to the floor in tears after losing their World Cup quarter-final to France, but they depart with heads high after yet again shaking it up among the world's best.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said that France were worthy winners of Friday's World Cup quarter-final but that his small country had once again shown why it deserves its place alongside the best nations in global soccer.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia, July 5 It was mid-2006 when scouts for Dutch club Groningen travelled to Uruguay to check out a promising young striker called Elias Figueroa.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia Fleet-footed France will have to find a way past the tournament's joint-meanest defenders Uruguay in the first of two inter-continental World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD Such was my haste in packing and ignorance of Russia that I nearly followed my wife's recommendation to throw in a woolly hat for the World Cup before setting off from Venezuela.
NIZNHY NOVGOROD, Russia, BOGOTA, Colombia Colombia can count themselves unfortunate to exit the World Cup after a shootout defeat to England, but in truth they were never able to recreate the swagger of their pioneering 2014 side.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia With similar accents and culture, there is little that annoys your average Uruguayan more than being mistaken for an Argentine next door.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD Uruguay will seek to summon up all their famous defensive spirit in Friday's quarter-final against France to shackle the Europeans' lighting-fast teenage top-scorer Kylian Mbappe.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia Uruguay's players urged France forward Antoine Griezmann on Monday to remember his links and affection for their country ahead of Friday's World Cup quarter-final.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia Croatia made heavy weather of beating Denmark in their worst performance of the tournament, but will seek to rediscover their fluency in a weekend showdown against Russia for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.