The expression on Luis Suarez’s face said it all as Uruguay departed Russia on Sunday morning following their World Cup exit.
The tears in the aftermath of their quarter-final defeat had dried up by now but the mood amongst the Uruguay players was a sombre one as they boarded their flight back home.
Edinson Cavani, who played no part in Friday’s defeat due to injury, was also pictured at the airport in Nizhny Novgorod.
The Uruguay players will have 17 hours to reflect on the disappointment as they head back from Russia, having failed to go beyond the quarter-final stage for a second successive World Cup.
That familiar feeling that they could have offered so much more will undoubtedly be plaguing the minds of all of their players as they leave wondering what could have been.
One player who will no doubt be filled with self loathing is Fernando Muslera, who cost his side dearly after somehow allowing Antoine Griezmann’s tame but dipping long-ranged effort to slip through his hands.
Muslera has since come under fire for his mistake with pundit Gary Neville ruthlessly saying: ‘It’s a football, not a firebomb. If that was in training, he’d just soft hands into his chest. Honestly. I have no words.’
Raphael Varane’s header had opened the scoring before Griezmann’s sucker punch and Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez accepted that France deserved to go through to the semi-final at their expense.
Tabarez said: ‘We don’t play as well as our rivals, that’s why we lost.
‘The boys really gave everything, but France were able to control the match very well. After the second goal, there was a huge gap between the teams.’