Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said after his side defeated England 2-1 on Thursday night in their Group D clash courtesy of Luis Suarez’s brace that the Three Lions have “no weaknesses, but lacked an attacking threat”.
“In my experience in football, even when you plan and organise things, you can still lose,” Tabarez said.
“England have no weaknesses, but they had difficulties today in reaching our goal area.”
England’s successive defeats leave their hopes of qualifying to the next round hanging by a thread, with Roy Hodgson’s side now totally reliant on Italy’s remaining two fixtures – starting with Costa Rica on Friday, and Uruguay next Tuesday to progress.
Tabarez believes either side could have won the game in Sao Paulo, and he hailed Edinson Cavani’s influence on the keenly contested duel.
“Cavani did a tremendous job today. He helped neutralise Steven Gerrard,” he said.
“If this was a movie, people probably couldn’t have wished for a better result, at least in Uruguay.”
Uruguay head into Tuesday’s fixture with Italy knowing that qualification is still up for grabs, and Tabarez admits that it could go down to the wire.