Facundo Torres's World Cup journey comes to an end

Nov 28, 2022; Lusail, Qatar; Uruguay forward Facundo Torres (20) before playing against Portugal in
Nov 28, 2022; Lusail, Qatar; Uruguay forward Facundo Torres (20) before playing against Portugal in / Yukihito Taguchi-USA TODAY Sports

Facundo Torres and Uruguay's World Cup adventure is over. After South Korea's miraculous 2-1 upset victory over Portugal, Uruguay failed to advance to the Round of 16 on tiebreakers.

Torres was selected to the Urugay squad and made the trip to Qatar, but Orlando City's star man wasn't able to make an appearance on the sport's biggest stage. The former Peñarol sensation was an unusued substitute in all three group games.

La Celeste, coached by former Inter Miami manager Diego Alonso, started the tournament with a 0-0 draw against South Korea, the result that would eventually decide their tournament fate. Uruguay's slow start to the tournament continued against Portugal, as it fell 2-0 thanks to a pair of Bruno Fernandes goals.

In the final group stage game, Alonso's team finally found itself. Against Ghana --- a rematch of the controversial quarterfinal in the 2010 World Cup --- the offense kicked into gear, as Giorgian de Arrascaeta scored a pair of big goals.

Despite the brace from the Flamengo superstar, it wouldn't be enough. South Korea's late winner saw the east Asian nation leapfrog Uruguay in the group and steal a spot in the final 16.

Torres didn't get the opportunity to represent his nation on the field, but making a competitive national team for a major tournament is a promising development for the 22-year-old forward. The lack of inspiring play from other creative attackers, including Manchester United's Facundo Pellistri, could lead to more opportunities for Torres down the line.

Not playing in this tournament means the hype and transfer interest in Torres won't change much from where it was at the end of the season. If he had played, and played well, Orlando would fight off more and more clubs to keep the young star around.

Eventually, Torres will be sold for big money and star for his country on the biggest stage. This tournament might not have been his time, but El Cuervo has the potential to only grow from the experience.