Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez accepted “there is no excuse” for his side’s Copa America exit after Peru defeated them 5-4 on penalties.
The Uruguay and Peru match was the third out of four quarter-final matches to end in a 0-0 draw this week. Therefore, the fixture had to be decided on penalties just like Chile and Brazil’s respective ties.
In fairness, though, Uruguay had three goals ruled out for offside and had the measure of Peru. But only three of their 12 attempts on goal were on target, with forward Edinson Cavani and captain Diego Godin guilty of missing brilliant chances.
Luis Suarez then missed Uruguay’s opening spot-kick, which ultimately decided their fate as Peru scored all five of their attempts to emerge surprise victors in a penalty shoot-out.
“The result caused us a great disappointment, but we must accept it,” said Tabarez, according to AOL.
“We came with the idea of winning, we tried to impose our game and could not. You have to know how to lose.
“We failed in one aspect, the offsides. We committed seven offsides, three of them ended in a goal.
“There is no excuse. I do not come here to justify anything. We could not win, we misjudged. The opponent came with a plan and it was not possible to win.
“I see it from that point of view. There are no teams that always win and there are no teams that always lose. We are going to continue on this path, learning from this defeat to keep growing.”
After seeing off Uruguay in Salvador, Peru will now meet defending champions Chile in the semi-finals on Thursday.
La Roja also booked their spot in the last four through a 5-4 victory on penalties after finishing goalless against Colombia.