Rising confidence for Uruguay
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Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez hailed the achievement of his side's progression to the FIFA World Cup™ last 16 but insists they are far from finished yet. The South Americans won Group A with Mexico coming second, as hosts South Africa and 2006 finalists France crashed out.

Next up they face Korea Republic in the first knockout round and Tabarez is keen to continue their fine run so far.

"Of course we've analysed all the possibilities for us," he said. "I think so far in this phase we've showed that we are a tough team to tackle for the others. We are trying to do what we had exactly in mind before the tournament. Now I don't think we've achieved that yet, but Uruguay is now a difficult opponent for anybody.

"This is what we have seen so far and if you look at the history of Uruguay in the last few World Cups, this win is really satisfying and the news from Montevideo is very good."