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Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez issues apology to Uruguayan people after World Cup group stage exit

Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez issues apology to Uruguayan people after their agonising World Cup group stage exit, but claims South Americans ‘did not deserve this ending’ – having gone out on goals scored

Darwin Nunez has issued an emotional apology to the Uruguayan people after the South Americans failed to advance to the World Cup knock-out stage.

Uruguay missed out on qualifying from Group H on goals scored despite their 2-0 win over Ghana yesterday, with South Korea beating Portugal to progress to the last 16 instead.

Nunez took to social media to apologise for the two-time World Cup winners early exit, which the 23-year-old claims the team ‘didn’t deserve’. 

Darwin Nunez took to social media to apologise for Uruguay’s early World Cup exit

Uruguay suffered elimination despite beating Ghana 2-0 in their final Group H match

Uruguay suffered elimination despite beating Ghana 2-0 in their final Group H match

‘We didn’t deserve this ending but the dream ended,’ Nunez said. ‘Sorry to all the Uruguayan people.’ 

Nunez had started all three of Uruguay’s Group H matches, but was substituted in the latter stages of ties against Portugal and Ghana.

Liverpool’s record signing ended the World Cup without a goal or assist to his name, having had a largely quiet campaign.

Uruguay failed to score in their first two matches, with a goalless draw against South Korea followed by a 2-0 defeat to Portugal.

The South Americans lack of goals in Qatar would ultimately prove costly.

South Korea’s four goals in the group stage saw the Asian nation edge into the last-16, with Uruguay’s only two strikes coming in the victory over Ghana.

The 23-year-old forward failed to find the net in Uruguay's three group stage matches in Qatar

The 23-year-old forward failed to find the net in Uruguay’s three group stage matches in Qatar

Nunez was booked after stamping on the penalty spot in the first half of the win over Ghana

Nunez was booked after stamping on the penalty spot in the first half of the win over Ghana

The two nations had finished the group stage on four points, after earning a win and a draw. 

Uruguay had frantically pushed for a late third against Ghana after being informed of South Korea’s late winner against Portugal, but were unable to add to the 2-0 advantage given to them by Giorgian de Arrascaeta’s efforts.

A third goal would have Uruguay through to the knock-out stage as Group H runners-up on goal difference. 

It marked the first time Uruguay had failed to advance from a World Cup group since 2002.

Uruguay missed out on the last-16 on goals scored after South Korea's late win over Portugal

Uruguay missed out on the last-16 on goals scored after South Korea’s late win over Portugal

Uruguay’s players had reacted furiously after the final whistle, with several chasing referee Daniel Siebert down the tunnel before Cavani punched and knocked over the VAR monitor after believing they had been denied a late penalty.

Defender Jose Gimenez could face being banned for 15 games after a video appeared to show the Uruguay defender elbowed FIFA’s competition director in the back of the head after their exit from the World Cup.

Nunez was booked during the match after appearing to stamp on the penalty spot in a bid to mess up the turf after Ghana were awarded a first-half penalty, which was missed by Andre Ayew.

The build-up to the match had been dominated by memories of Luis Suarez’s infamous deliberate handball off the goal line in the 2010 quarter-final, which helped Uruguay reach the last four at Ghana’s expense.

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Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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