The first World Cup last 16 tie law Uruguay bow out after a 2-0 loss against France. It was a disappointing end for a spirited side who were hampered by the absence of star man Edinson Cavani.
The loss took its toll on centre-back Jose Gimenez, who began crying on the field towards the end of the game. The 23-year-old had enjoyed a strong campaign and was clearly disappointed to see it end. Speaking on RTE, Jim Beglin suggested it demonstrated how much the tournament meant to Uruguay.
The 23 year old Gimenez is crying before the end of the game. Loko hi ku ku na ku rhandza tiko hi vula leswi. I feel for the boy. pic.twitter.com/XDR39vVcK1
— Barney?? (@RasNyiko) July 6, 2018
Meanwhile, on ITV, Gary Neville took a distinctly different approach labeling it 'embarrassing.'
I am all for showing emotion but that’s embarrassing. You’ve got five minutes left in the game just get on with it.
Neville's response to Jose Gimenez crying has been strongly criticised online.
"That's embarrassing" -- Gary Neville on Gimenez's in-game cry.
It's not embarrassing. It's a real feeling. Your statement is embarrassing, Gary.
— Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) July 6, 2018
Gary Neville: “What you crying for?”
Gary Neville’s young child: “I cut my finger on a knife daddy, it’s bleeding!”
Gary Neville: “So, you’ve still got nine other fingers, haven’t you? Get on with it .... pathetic”
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) July 6, 2018
A football player showing his emotions at a World Cup exit - albeit while the game is still being played - described as 'embarrassing' by Gary Neville.
Machismo-laden rubbish. In my opinion.
— Kristian Walsh (@Kristian_Walsh) July 6, 2018
One thing I've learnt from Gary Neville throughout this tournament. People in Manchester DON'T CRY. EVER. If you're from Manchester, you're hard as nails, always. No weakness. Weakness is for pussies, and there's none of them in Manchester, lad.
— Reev (@TheReevHD) July 6, 2018
The Atletico Madrid duo of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez were consoled by their team-mate Antoine Griezmann after the match.