Francis Smerecki, France coach
Today was a clash between two national teams with the same profile, the same playing philosophy. It was an evenly matched game, both teams had good chances and it was clear that whoever scored first would win. I’ve just watched a great game. My team played well, they were solid, balanced and intelligent. We’re pleased to have won. Before scoring the goal, we had loads of clear chances. Ecuador are a team with a very European style of play, which really worked in our favour. The differences in climate within Colombia are being very extreme, but we’ve been working hard to tackle them.
Sixto Vizuete, Ecuador coach
I’m very happy because my team gave their all today. We played better than France: the result didn’t reflect the balance of play. We created a lot of chances but unfortunately we weren’t able to score. I congratulate my players for their performance in this match.