‘Well done, first sprint of the game!’

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

The two-time world champions couldn’t get going against South Korea, as the two Group H sides held each other to a 0-0 draw on Thursday afternoon.

Valverde put in a sliding tackle in the dying minutes of the game

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Valverde put in a sliding tackle in the dying minutes of the game

And gave a very passionate reaction… despite his country not putting in a very good performance

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And gave a very passionate reaction… despite his country not putting in a very good performance

The likes of Luis Suarez and Liverpool star Darwin Nunez couldn’t find the net for the South Americans, mustering up just one shot on target, while Tottenham’s Heung-min Son was also kept quiet.

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

As the match edged towards full-time, 24-year-old Valverde – playing in his first World Cup match – put in a sliding tackle on Kang-in Lee on the half-way line.

But it was what happened after that Saunders was rather surprised by, as Valverde got up from the tackle and punched the air in defiance… despite his side putting in a rather poor overall performance.

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

Overall, Saunders was left underwhelmed by the South American’s sluggish performance.

Uruguay could do with some of Valverde’s last minute passion next time out

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Uruguay could do with some of Valverde’s last minute passion next time out

After a disappointing opening showing

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After a disappointing opening showing


“Uruguay are in third gear, they can’t get going!” he said.

“It looks to me as if they’ve either over-trained, been out in the sun, or they’re just miles off it.

“If Uruguay played South Korea again next week, they’d win 4-0 but they’re just not ready. Undercooked!”

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