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2014 FIFA World Cup™

Switzerland-Ecuador: Quotes

Ottmar Hitzfeld of Switzerland gestures
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Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld
"We’ve done it, and that’s unbelievable. We never stopped believing in ourselves. By the end we were having a few problems with the altitude 1,100 metres above sea level; the Ecuadorians had a lot more running left in them than us. I’m extremely happy with the three points and it means it’s a good start."

Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda
"It was an intense and evenly-matched game. We’ve seen both teams perform to the best of their ability. We seemed to have the game under control, but what use is that if you end up losing? But that’s football, although we didn’t deserve to lose. Both teams went looking for the win. We have to get this defeat out of our heads and get ready to face two very strong opponents."

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