Montevideo: Uruguayans were gracious in defeat after France ended their World Cup hopes today 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 the 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.