URU-FRA: Quotes
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Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay coach
It was a hard match and we expected that. We're more or less content with the result but not with our play. We didn't have enough of the ball. [Franck] Ribery played very well and [Abou] Diaby brought lots of balance. He was very effective in the centre of the park and changed the midfield in a way. I don't want to say that France deserved to win, though, as we kept them quiet in front of our goal.

Raymond Domenech, France coach
It's frustrating when it goes like that, when we push and push and say to ourselves, 'It has to go in'. But we were also saying to ourselves, 'Let's hope we don't suffer an unlucky counter-attack' because that would have been very disappointing, given the level we played at in this match. It was very irritating but the players who came on nonetheless made things happen with those already out there and they imposed a certain rhythm. It's a shame. I was going to say it was almost a great 0-0, but I would have preferred a bad 1-0. Our opponents were solid, as you'll see in the coming matches. We succeeded in stopping them from building almost any moves. As a team, were performed very well.

Diego Forlan, Uruguay forward and Budweiser Man of the Match
We never understood how to approach this match. We had a few good chances but we were often guilty of wasting our final ball. It's a shame. I thought the match was quite even.

Patrice Evra, France defender and captain
We could have won. We really wanted to take the three points. I'm proud of the team as I think we put in a good performance. It's the first match and we needed to win it, but I'm very confident for the rest of the tournament. We controlled the game and we really deserved to win this evening.