Diego Lugano hopeful of Uruguay progress

Uruguay's defender Diego Lugano falls after being brought down by Costa Rica's defender Junior Diaz during a Group D football match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014
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Uruguay captain Diego Lugano is still hopeful that his team can reach the second round of the World Cup.

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano has insisted that his team still has every chance of reaching the second round of the World Cup.

The South Americans saw their hopes of qualifying from Group D suffer a blow on Saturday with a surprise 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica.

Despite matches against England and Italy to come, Lugano believes that Uruguay are capable of progressing in Brazil.

"If it was difficult before, now it's much more difficult, but not impossible," he tweeted. "It will depend on what we can overcome.

"What happened is within the realm of probability. Costa Rica deserved it and we made mistakes. There is a lot we can correct and improve on."

Uruguay return to action on Thursday when they meet England in Sao Paulo.

 Edinson Cavani of Uruguay shoots and scores his team's first goal on a penalty kick during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at Castelao on June 14, 2014
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