LONDON (Reuters) – Uruguay's coach Oscar Tabarez praised his young players on Friday after a team consisted of two defendants of defaults to match Brazil in a scrap game in London before dropping 1-0 into a later controversial penalty.
Football Soccer – International Friendly – Brazil v Uruguay – Emirates Stadium, London, Britain – November 16, 2018 Neymar Brazil celebrates scoring their first goal of the penalty spot with a teammate. Action Images through Reuters / Peter Cziborra
Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin, the defensive pair of Atletico Madrid lost, Tabarez went down to an 18-year-old center by Bruno Mendez and Mathias Suarez, a full 22-year-old, as well as the start of goalkeeper Martin Campana.
The three of them did not go down at the Emirates Stadium as Uruguay was unfortunately lost to a Neymar 76 minute spot kick.
Tabarez came to an end to Mendez, who was more than arrested against the Brazilian attack of Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Douglas Costa.
The veteran trainer compared to Mendez's first game to Gimenez, who played his first international game, also at the age of 18, in a vital qualification in the World Cup against Colombia in 2013.
"Today's things showed that all talents show, they seem to be wise beyond years," said Tabarez.
"They seem to have more experience than they actually have.
"That's happening in small countries where there are not many footballers there. Jose Maria Jimenez also argued in conditions similar to Bruno Mendez and has now combined his international situation."
Uruguay, with a population of 3.5 million, has no problem in competing with more Argentine and Brazilian neighbors, and has doubled the World Cup twice in winning the American Cup 15 times more than any of its competitors.
"So we do not have enough. When one player appears in Uruguay, 10 appear in Argentina and 40 in Brazil," added Tabarez.
"But it is encouraging the hope that we can be competitive against teams that may have more potential than we have."
Brazil won the definitive penalty after Danilo was stolen down in the box, but Uruguay claimed that there was a handball at the construction.
"We were very equally with Brazil, we had opportunities, they were also," said Tabarez.
"It's a shame that the event was determined by a controversial event, the game did not deserve it."
Report by Andrew Downie; Edited by Ian Ransom