Colombia-Korea: Quotes
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Lee Kwang-Jong, Korea Republic coach
We were drawn into a very difficult group, and Colombia and France are two teams that can both go far. We won our first match against Mali, though, and that proved enough to take us through. We knew that Colombia were very strong in attack and a more technical side than us, so the strategy was to sit back in defence and hit them on the counter-attack. But we couldn’t manage that and when we let the goal in we had to change our game plan, though it took us time to get going in attack. We’ve got three days to get ready for the Round of 16 and take a good look at our opponents, once we find out who they are. If I had to choose between Portugal and Spain, I think I’d go for Portugal because they seem a little less strong up front.

Eduardo Lara, Colombia coach
I’m happy we’ve gone through by winning our three games. The support we’ve had from the fans, from Bogota and the country as a whole, has really helped us. We’re moving forward step by step and we’re getting closer to our objective, even though we’ve been faced with three different footballing cultures. The Koreans wore us out. We had to play, keep possession and create space. Luckily we got the goal early on and that made things easier for us. Right now I’m not thinking about changing anything in the team, and our tactics will depend on who we come up against. I decided to bring off James Rodriguez and Michael Ortega, who are key members of the team. They are both very skilful players and highly influential in the side.