‘Well done, first sprint of the game!’

Uruguay’s Federico Valverde has been sarcastically praised after the Real Madrid star over-celebrated a World Cup entry.

The two-time world champions were unable to face South Korea as the two Group H teams drew 0-0 on Thursday afternoon.

Valverde made a sliding tackle in the dying minutes of the game.

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Valverde made a sliding tackle in the dying minutes of the game.

And he gave a very passionate reaction... despite the fact that his country did not have a very good performance.

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And he gave a very passionate reaction… despite the fact that his country did not have a very good performance.

Players like Luis Suárez and Liverpool star Darwin Núñez couldn’t find the net for the South Americans, managing just one shot on goal, while Tottenham’s Heung-min Son also kept quiet.

However, there was one moment that summed up Uruguay’s performance for talkSPORT commentator and former Wales striker Dean Saunders.

As the match progressed towards full time, the 24-year-old Valverde, playing in his first World Cup match, made a sliding tackle on Kang-in Lee at the halfway line.

But it was what happened afterward that Saunders was left quite surprised, as Valverde rose from the tackle and punched the air in challenge… despite his team performing rather poorly overall.

“Well done,” Saunders said in response. “First sprint of the game!”

Overall, Saunders was disappointed by the slow performance of the South American.

Uruguay could use some last minute passion from Valverde next time

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Uruguay could use some last minute passion from Valverde next time

After a disappointing opening performance

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After a disappointing opening performance


“Uruguay is in third gear, it cannot be started!” he said.

“It seems to me that they have overtrained, been out in the sun, or are miles away.

“If Uruguay were to play South Korea again next week, they would win 4-0, but they are not ready. Half raw!”

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