Uruguay president Jose Mujica expressed his delight and pride at the national team's performance in the World Cup despite the loss to Netherlands on Tuesday evening.
La Celeste lost 3-2 to the Oranje in Cape Town in the World Cup semi-finals but like the rest of the country, the Uruguayan president was proud of his team's display against the European heavyweights.
President Mujica watched the game at an auditorium in Montevideo along with several other ministers and around 2000 young athletes.
"Uruguay played with great dignity. It was a beautiful game. Five minutes more and we might have drawn," Terra quoted the 75-year-old as saying after the match.
"It was amazing, the guys were sensational."