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Star Uruguayan forwards Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani face the ignominy of crashing out of the World Cup with a whimper but it is coach Diego Alonso who is taking the flak back home.

With Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi soaking up the limelight at what is likely to be their last World Cup, Uruguay’s two veterans have flown under the radar.

Suarez and Cavani, both 35, have already said this will be their last World Cup and after a drab 0-0 draw with South Korea and a 2-0 defeat to Portugal, Friday’s final Group H clash with Ghana could be their final act on the biggest stage.

While not mentioned in the same breath as Ronaldo and Messi, Suarez and Cavani are nonetheless two of the greatest forwards of their generation.

They occupy the top two spots on Uruguay’s all-time record scorers’ list, with Suarez as number one, and were part of the teams that reached the World Cup semifinals in 2010 before winning the Copa America the following year.

But while Messi scored in Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Mexico in Qatar and Ronaldo made history as the first man to score in five World Cups, the Uruguayan pair have been a huge disappointment.

Suarez started against South Korea and barely had a…

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