Oscar Tabarez conceded that a combination of Uruguay’s mistakes and Spain’s supremacy saw La Roja as deserved victors on Wednesday evening.
Vicente del Bosque’s men ran out 3-1 winners in Qatar in this midweek international friendly, but were given a helping hand by goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, who fumbled Cesc Fabregas’ speculative effort into his own net to open the scoring.
“It was a good match, we knew we were playing against a great side who have been the best for a long time,” reflected under-pressure tactician Tabarez afterwards.
“In the first half we knew restricting them would create difficulties at times, but against such strong teams you can make mistakes and that defensive processing has conditioned the game.
“Spain’s unbeaten run now? No team is invincible. But, they have achieved much , have occupied the top of the FIFA World Rankings for so long and they get results.
“This is a moment filled with their football supremacy, which does not mean that at some point they will not lose, but they are clearly leaders.
“In games, the team that does thing better generally win and I think Spain deserved to win this game. I do not speak of my players individually, it was Uruguay that lost the match.”