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Honduras-Ecuador: Quotes

Head coach Reinaldo Rueda of Ecuador looks on
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Luis Suarez, Honduras coachIt was a very hard-fought match. I think we had a bit of difficulty keeping our nerves in check given what was at stake in the game, but I’m satisfied with my team. We played well but they played a bit better: they had more of the ball, took more shots and got the goals. It was an improved performance after our first match and although it wasn’t quite enough we can build on it for our next game. We know it’ll be tough to reach the next round, but it’d be even worse to have been knocked out already. We need to find a way to improve in order to win and while there’s hope, we won’t give up without a fight.

Reinaldo Rueda, Ecuador coachThere were changes in the starting line-up because the opposition was completely different to the previous one. The match panned out as we imagined it would. Both teams needed to win and both tried to play well. Even though we went behind, we got our goals at decisive moments and that put us in charge of the match. Yes, I do have some contrasting emotions after beating Honduras but fortunately we ended up as winners. We know that reaching the next round isn’t entirely in our own hands but we need to focus on our own game. We’ll have to play as well or even better than we did today to beat France because they’re a side that have grown a lot in the last few months.

Enner Valencia, Budweiser Man of the MatchOf course I’m very, very happy to have scored the goals because they helped us to win the match. We put everything on the line and we got three crucial points to keep our dream alive. We’ll have to analyse France very closely to find out what the best way of playing against them is because they’re a really strong team.

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