WATCH: Gimenez bursts into tears during France defeat
Jose Gimenez (Supplied)
Cape Town - Things got all too much for Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez when he burst into tears during a 2-0 World Cup quarter-final defeat to France at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
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With five minutes remaining in the game with his side trailing 2-0 TV images captured the sight of Gimenez in tears as he lined up in a defensive wall as France were awarded a free-kick.
The 22-year-old was consoled by team-mates and opposing players as Les Bleus defeated a third consecutive South American team in the tournament.
Goals by defender Rafael Varane and talisman Antoine Griezmann secured France's place in the semi-finals at Russia 2018.
Meanwhile former English defender Gary Neville who served as a co-commentator was blasted for labelling Gimenez "embarrassing" for crying during the game.
"I'm all for emotion and passion, but that's embarrassing," remarked Neville. "He's crying? What's he crying for?
Neville's comments angered fans who felt a degree of sympathy for the player and insisted it showed how much it meant to him as his side were knocked out of the tournament.