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Japan-Colombia: Quotes

Head coach Jose Pekerman of Colombia gestures
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Alberto Zaccheroni, Japan coach
After our previous results we had no option but to go and give it everything we had against the strongest side in Group C. I think we played a lot better today than we did in the previous two matches. You could see that, especially in the first half. Sadly for us, we didn’t approach the tournament in the right way and we didn’t play our usual game in the first two matches. This team could have done a lot, lot more. Unfortunately we didn’t, and as the coach I feel responsible for that.

Jose Pekerman, Colombia coach Obviously we’re delighted. It was a very tough game for us today, just as we expected, but our confidence was high after our last two wins. Everyone knows how we play and how we can play, because we showed that on the pitch. We’ve maintained our momentum in this group phase, scored goals and we’ve also overcome the obstacles put in front of us. We’ve also been successful at an individual level. I haven’t had a look at Uruguay yet because we were focused on this game, but we know we’re going to be taking on one of the strongest teams in South America and the world and some very experienced players who never know when they’re beaten.

Jackson Martinez (COL), Budweiser Man of the Match
We’ve gone to the top of the group because we’ve played really well. We had quite a few chances to score in the first half against Japan but it still wasn’t easy. We did a better job of fulfilling our responsibilities in the second half and the goals eventually came. We’ve now got Uruguay in the last 16. It’s not going to be easy at all but it’s also true that we know each other well. We know what we need to do and how we have to play that match.

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