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Monday, 15 April, 2002, 14:34 GMT 15:34 UK
What went wrong for Uruguay?
Have your say on Uruguay's progress
A 3-3 draw with Senegal is not enough to stop Uruguay being dumped out of the World Cup at the first hurdle.

What went wrong for Uruguay?


This debate is now closed. A selection of your e-mails appear below.


Uruguay should be proud of what they have achieved. They should have won their last match they played because of the penalty to Senegal and the way they fought back when their dream was over.

Morales should have made it 4-3 with that final header to put them through. They have scored the two best goals of the tournament which came when they were behind to equalise in the changing vital parts of the games.
Alex Meyers, England

I canīt believe that Victor Pua had Chengue Morales and Forlan out all the time. Any way, we are out and nothing will change that. Just wait - the next time we will beat them all.
Rossana, Uruguay

Uruguay should still be in the World Cup. They are a fantastic team-especially Recoba, and they did not deserve to lose against Senegal. Senegal's penalty should not have been allowed. Uruguay are a great team and they'll get better.
Angie, England

My sympathy goes to the whole nation. Uruguay went out in a blaze of glory. The team is very competent and I am sure that we will see you again in four years time.
Thomas Jensen, Denmark

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I'm proud to be a Uruguayan today, at least they went out fighting.
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Carolina, London, England
I am glad for Senegal but my heart bleeds for Uruguay. This comeback is one of the greatest I have seen. I wonder why players like Forlan and Morales weren't given enough opportunities in the previous games. They have some really good talents and I am sure that the world will see more from this team. The officiating was bad, and hopefully Fifa will select the best referees in future instead of picking one from every country.
Sudip, Canada

I'm proud to be a Uruguayan today, at least they went out fighting.
Carolina, In London England

France have proved to be a paper tiger. This is partly because of not playing a competitive match since the European Championships. Fifa may have to change the rules so the reigning champions play group qualification matches. That has not been the France we thought would retain the World Cup
Isaac Sengooba, Uganda

Congratulations Uruguay on a brave performance. You should have won the final match against Senegal, but didn't thanks to a penalty that should not have been awarded. Any team that prevents France from scoring deserves credit, and the future bodes well for you. (I would have liked to see more of Forlan and Poyet). We (England) will win our group and knock out Senegal for you: it's just a shame you couldn't do it first.
Patrick Baughan, England

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The Uruguayans are skilful and competitive but defensively nowhere near good enough
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Giles Hawker, UK

You've got to feel sorry for Uruguay - what a dive for that crucial first goal via the penalty spot! And the third goal? Surely offside. Uruguay had it all to do in the second half and they certainly gave it a good go. I think Uruguay were desperately unlucky.
Gerry, England

The Uruguayan team has undoubted skill throughout. We have scored the goal of the tournament and need only a win against an over-rated Senegal side to set up a potential second round game with England. Once this happens the cat will be out of the bag and Recoba, on top form, will lead the team to victory in fine style.
Toby Matheson, Uruguay

With their World Cup hopes hanging on a thread, Uruguay will need to display some of the pace and explosive finishing that they have promised.
Bobby Seagull, England

They've already done more than enough by not getting blown out by France, as many expected. Senegal may not beat Uruguay in the final game, but I cannot see them going through. This is a team that had only to beat Australia to get into the tournament!
Bernard Vrban, Croatia

Uruguay have a wealth of talented players, however the team is let down by their coach and strategist Victor Pua. A prime example, is the game against Denmark - he made two substitutions in the last 7 minutes. What reasonable impact could this make? Meanwhile key players are too exhausted to make the difference! Get rid of Pua and watch Uruguay win!
Ismael, Austraila

The Uruguayans are skilful and competitive but defensively nowhere near good enough, and their discipline and cynicism is embarrassing. Dario Silva clearly has such little respect for his own talent that he has to debase himself by crude fouls and play acting. Goodbye Uruguay.
Giles Hawker, UK

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Uruguay should play nothing but attacking football, as this is when they are at their best
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Dan,Sydney, Australia
Uruguay are a strong side and they have in Alvaro Recoba one of the exceptional gifted players in the tournament, but as you well saw from the game today I can't see them going through after they got outwitted and dominated in the majority of the match against Denmark.

When Recoba wasn't on the ball the Uruguay team lacked innovation and a game plan, it's as simple as that.
Mikael, Denmark


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