Uruguayan schoolkids' celebrations show power of World Cup

Incredible footage of a Montevideo primary school celebrating Uruguay’s winner over Egypt has emerged, and it reinforces just how much the World Cup means across the globe.

Jose Gimenez scored in the 89th minute to lift the South American nation above their African rivals.

And while the players on the pitch, coaches on the sideline and fans in the crowd went crazy, things were just as loud back in Uruguay.

Video from one school in the nation’s capital is proof.

Teachers and children with Uruguayan flags sprinted out of the confines of the classroom to race around the playground and scream in joy.

For the next month, we are all these kids.

Watch the brilliant scenes in the video player at the top of the page


Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani both had great chances to score in a flat match, while Ahmed Fathy came closest for Egypt.

But with time running out, Gimenez outrose Ahmed Hegazi to bullet a header into the net in the 89th minute and claim the three points for Oscar Tabarez’s men.

The win gave the group favourites a serious boost after Russia’s shock 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia in the opening match.

Egypt were dealt a blow before kick-off when Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was only deemed fit enough for the bench.

An obvious tactic might well have been to keep Uruguay at bay until Salah could make an impact.

And indeed, the match started very much in that fashion with the first telling shot of the match coming from Cavani after seven minutes, who scuffed an effort towards goal from the edge of the box.

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