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Brazil 2014

Uruguay-England: Quotes

Head coach Oscar Tabarez of Uruguay
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Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay coach:

“We won because they were fighting. It was not to do with the training, but the persistence and will of my players. Maybe we don’t play very attractive football but we have players who give everything on the field. They’re very well prepared they have a very close relationship among themselves. They love their country and for us this is very important. We will try to do the same as we did today. A World Cup is something difficult. Tomorrow we need to focus on our next match. Our objective is to go the next stage.

Roy Hodgson, England coach:

“I think we controlled Suarez very well in general play. We kept him quiet for long periods. He was voted the player of the year [in England] by everyone. Today he was coming back from injury, so he was quieter than usual. But he got two chances and being the top player that he is, he put them away. But the second goal was an unfortunate flick off Gerrard’s head. We were playing most of the game in the Uruguay half, playing well, then they got that second goal. When the World Cup is played on the South American continent, South American teams generally do well.”