Friday’s epic saw Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez not involved in a Uruguay starting line up for the first team since they were beaten 4-1 by Brazil back in March 2017.
Cavani was ruled out of the match due to a calf injury suffered in the last-16 victory over Portugal earlier this week. His absence split up the dangerous strike partnership that makes Uruguay such a terrifying attacking force.
In that time, Uruguay have lost only once in 13 matches, scoring 20 times — 12 of which belong to either Cavani or Suarez — and conceding just six.
Their strong form saw them enter the tournament in Russia as one of the dark horses, but the absence of Cavani — their tournament top scorer with three goals —proved costly on Friday. Luis Suarez did not have a single touch in the France penalty area as Uruguay suffered Cavani’s absence.