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Cameroon-Croatia: Quotes

Head coach Volker Finke of Cameroon looks on
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Niko Kovac, Croatia coachWe didn’t start the match well, but we improved by keeping possession of the ball a bit better. We played in a very efficient manner tonight. Although Cameroon didn’t play as well as they can, that was partly down to our performance. We have to put this victory to the back of our minds for now, because our hardest challenge is still to come. The match with Mexico is going to be our cup final.* Mario Mandzukic, Budweiser Man of the Match*I had trained hard for this one so that I could put in a strong performance. I should stress that this was a team victory, though; goals are the reward you get for great teamwork. I don’t think we should get too obsessive about goals – the overall objective is winning the game, after all. There's still some room for improvement for this team.

Volker Finke, Cameroon coachIt’s a tough result to take. It’s always difficult to play with ten men, but that’s still no excuse for tonight’s performance. There’s no doubt that Croatia were more clinical in front of goal, but Cameroon also had chances to score. We need to move on and look to the future, because this team is full of promising players.

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