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Wednesday, 12 June, 2002, 11:16 GMT 12:16 UK

Few tears shed for Pua

By Rodrigo Amaral
BBC Sport Online

The passing of Victor Pua as Uruguay coach has not exactly been mourned by the country's media.

The newspapers in Montevideo have drawn some satisfaction from the team's display over the past 10 days but responsibility for the shortcomings has been laid at Pua's door.

" It is clear now that it is necessary to work harder and to have a coach with more character "
Radio El Espectador

El Observador says that Uruguay have bowed out of the World Cup with heads held high and the good football played in the second half against Senegal was a source of satisfaction.

But the fact that Morales, Forlan and Reguero changed the face of the game so markedly after half-time shows that the trio deserved more chances.

With them playing a full part, the paper writes, the campaign could have been very different.

El Observador blamed "the lack of ambition" shown by Pua for Uruguay's elimination.

La Republica's website says that the game turned upside down after Pua finally corrected "the mistakes he had been committing through the whole tournament".

Forlan, "Uruguay's best player", belatedly made it on to the pitch.

Radio El Espectador's website also had some harsh words for the coach, who resigned straight after the match.

"It is clear now that it is necessary to work harder and to have a coach with more character," it said.

The team needs a coach "who helps the team to be more positive, to put more pressure on the ball, to keep control and to know what to do in every set piece".

El Espectador has some good news for England, suggesting that Uruguay's elimination was defined not by the draw against Senegal but by the defeat to Denmark, "a beatable rival".


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