Uruguay-Tahiti: Quotes
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Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay coach
Our primary objective on arriving in Brazil was to make sure we stayed in the tournament until the end, and today we’ve made that happen. For that reason, we’re very satisfied. In terms of this result, in spite of the fact that nothing’s impossible in football, things went as you’d expect. We rested a few players because if they’d played today it would’ve been trickier for them to recover in time [for the semi-finals]. We took a risk in that regard, but things turned out very well. We’ve now got two more opportunities to give a good impression of our national team and, even though we’re aware of Brazil’s ability, we’ll be aiming for a positive result.”

Eddy Etaeta, Tahiti coach
Obviously we didn’t want to suffer another defeat like that, but unfortunately we couldn’t find a way to stop Uruguay’s attacking play. This kind of game shows the gigantic difference between professional and amateur football – it’s an abyss! The tournament’s over for us, but we leave here having learned a lot of lessons. In spite of the defeats and the emphatic scorelines, we’re going to keep on playing and trying to improve, little by little.”