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FIFA World Cup 2018: Diego Godin lauds Uruguay ‘lions’, exonerates goalkeeper Fernando Muslera

Uruguay captain Diego Godin praised his teammates and said goalkeeper Fernando Muslera's error for the second goal should be forgiven.

By: Reuters | Updated: July 7, 2018 8:05:45 am
“I’m proud of my teammates – they were lions,” Godin said. (Source: Reuters)

Uruguay captain Diego Godin praised his team mates as “lions” after reaching the World Cup quarter-finals but falling 2-0 to France, and said goalkeeper Fernando Muslera’s error for the second goal should be forgiven.

“I’m proud of my team mates – they were lions,” Godin said, as he and the Uruguay players came off the pitch in tears.

“We are a team where everyone gives everything in the matches and in preparation. I have only words of gratitude for my team mates,” he added, as Uruguay’s noisy fans cheered them off at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium despite the defeat.

France won with a Raphael Varane glancing header in the first half and a goalkeeping fumble in the second that gifted Antoine Griezmann a soft goal. Griezmann shot from outside the box straight at Muslera, who attempted to palm the ball away but instead deflected it into the net.

“Fernando is a great goalkeeper … We all make mistakes,” Godin said. “On other occasions he has rescued us with incredible saves.”

Uruguay suffered without striker Edinson Cavani, who was ruled out with a calf injury. France’s win set up a semi-final with either Brazil of Belgium.

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