Uruguay coach Oscar has been left to rue his team’s elimination from Copa America.
The defending champions exited the event on Wednesday following a 1-0 defeat to host nation Chile in a quarter-finals game at Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago de Chile.
“I have a bitter taste in my mouth because the Copa ended for us,” he said in a news conference after the match. “We’ve shown a rebuilding process.
“I believe we played a good match when you consider the rival we had to face. We didn’t have attacking chances. “When we went down to 10 men, it made it a little harder.”
Tabárez and Jorge Fucile also were sent off early as referee Sandro Ricci disciplined Uruguay for a confrontation late in the match.
The coach said he regretted his role in the incident and was pleased nothing more serious occurred.
“I apologise because I don’t have to leave the technical area, I went out there,” he said. “Luckily, more things didn’t happen.”