Tabarez: 'Uruguay hurting after Brazil rout'

Oscar Tabarez was struggling to come to terms with Uruguay's heavy defeat at home to South American leaders Brazil on Thursday.

Tabarez's men lost a World Cup qualifying match at home for the first time since 2009 - a run of 14 games.   -  Getty Images

Coach Oscar Tabarez conceded he and his Uruguay side was left hurting following its crushing 4-1 defeat to Brazil in World Cup qualifying.

Uruguay opened the scoring in the top-of-the-table clash on Thursday but the host was unable to stop a rampant Brazil, who was led by Paulinho's hat-trick and Neymar's stunning lob.

The result saw Brazil move seven points clear of second-placed Uruguay in the CONMEBOL standings as Tabarez's men lost a World Cup qualifying match at home for the first time since 2009 - a run of 14 games.

"It hurts, although we are professionals we have passion for this and when we do not get what we want, it hurts," Tabarez said post-match after being without suspended duo Luis Suarez and Fernando Muslera.

"Sometimes these hard knocks give us a clearer picture of where we are. You never know what you're going to find in a football game. [The result] was not one of the possibilities I considered to be more likely.

"There is nothing to say, Brazil defended very well and were very forceful." Uruguay is back in action on Tuesday, travelling to Peru.

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