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Brazil 2014

Colombia-Uruguay: Quotes

Head coach Jose Pekerman of Colombia reacts
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Jose Pekerman, Colombia coach

I'd like to congratulate the whole of Colombia because they deserved this. We made some alterations because we knew how strong our opponents were - it's really important to know about the opposition. The main factor [in this win] was the first half, when we were very solid and managed to get ahead. It's great to have a player like James Rodriguez, and his confidence was very high after our previous game.   

James Rodriguez, Colombia attacker and Budweiser Man of the MatchIt's historic, a dream come true: I always wanted to score in the Maracana and now I have. If you want to win, every player is important. Uruguay had a lot of men behind the ball, so we needed plenty of movement up front and we got it. Now things are going to get even harder, but we can go far.

Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay coach
We knew Colombia had a very good side, one that is able to keep possession and featuring very good players who contribute to the team. In the first half, they dictated the tempo and we conceded one of the goals of the tournament. In the second half, we made mistakes and conceded again. Then we had to take risks to reduce the deficit, but we came up against a 'keeper who performed extraordinarily well and didn't let us back into the match. But I'm proud of these players: once again they showed character and gave it their all.

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