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2010 FIFA World Cup™

Uruguay-Korea Republic: Quotes

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 26:  Oscar Tabarez head coach of Uruguay directs his team during
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Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay coachThat was a demonstration of temperament, maturity and class. We played better towards the end and fortunately [Luis] Suarez was able to score that spectacular winning goal. Korea played a great game, but that slice of luck went our way not theirs this time – that's football. It was a very hard-fought victory that took a lot out of us. The team's solidity and cohesion really came to the fore late on and, without getting carried away, I think that is a great quality to have whatever team you're up against.

Huh Jung-Moo, Korea Republic coachThere are some things we need to improve to compete at international level. It's good to play against opponents from other continents and take part in tournaments on foreign soil. Uruguay have some very good individuals. The result didn't go the way we wanted but my players gave their all. Uruguay were just fortunate enough to get those goals. We played very well but we ought to have played a bit more intelligently. Our players never gave in and they never stopped trying to overcome the obstacles in front of them. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate them as well as thanking all the supporters who cheered us on.

Luis Suarez, Uruguay striker and Budweiser Man of the MatchWhat we're experiencing now is once-in-a-lifetime stuff. You always dream about the World Cup and today, fortunately for us, we kept the dream alive. They were playing the better football before they equalised. After they drew level they sat back a bit and that led to us scoring the second. And I just couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe that the ball was on its way into the net.

Jorge Fucile, Uruguay defenderWe're living the dream and we're so happy about how it came about. We really suffered because it was a hard-fought victory. The Koreans were looking very lively but fortunately along came Suarez's goal. For their goal I leapt for the ball and hung in the air but missed it by a fraction. That hurt us but we had the grit, the determination and the heart to win. After coming through this we're ready for anyone.

Lee Young-Pyo, Korea Republic defenderWe played a good game overall but we also made a couple of mistakes. It was my fault for the first goal we conceded, for example. I think I did my bit as part of the squad's older generation but it didn't go exactly the way I'd have liked. Now's the time to help the youngsters pick up the baton for the tournaments ahead.

Cho Yong Hyung, Korea Republic defenderWe should have won this game, as I think that we played better than Uruguay. As the minutes went by we grew in confidence and I felt that their strikers weren't that difficult to stop. But then we conceded a goal and after that the game didn't go the way we wanted it to.