Fernando Muslera’s error in the 61st minute gifted France their second goal against Uruguay in the quarter-final.

Antoine Griezmann struck the ball powerfully from outside the box but it was headed straight towards Muslera who made a grave error as the ball bounced off his gloves and crossed the line as Muslera looked on in dejection.

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Uruguay’s goalkeeper Fernando Muslera deflects the ball into his net during Uruguay’s quarter-final against France (Photo: AFP)


France had earlier taken the lead following a header by defender Raphael Varane from a free-kick. After Muslera’s error, France got a two goal cushion and the French players looked much more relaxed as the match was out of Uruguay’s reach.

The mistake by Muselra was similar to the one David De Gea made against Portugal and fans immediately took to Twitter to point this out. This is now the third major goalkeeping error at this World Cup after Spain’s De gea and Argentina’s Willy Caballero.

Muslera plays for Galatasaray in Turkey and has over 100 caps for Uruguay. He is a very experienced goalkeeper and such a mistake was not expected from him.

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The error that cost Uruguay the game (Photo: AFP)


Muslera was in tears after the final whistle and was being consoled by his teammates who were themselves in disarray.