2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

South Africa-Uruguay: Quotes

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Carlos Alberto Parreira, South Africa coachThe 3-0 doesn’t reflect the game. But Uruguay are a good team with good players, like Forlan. Their experience told at important moments. Our hopes are not over. We need to beat France, but we will have to be more aggressive. Everyone is very sad, but I told them it’s not yet finished. I always said everything would be decided in the last round. I don't think we can stay behind the ball, wait for one mistake and hit on the break. This time I believe we have to risk and try to go to the next round.

Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay coachWe are convinced that we can win the World Cup. We don't have a lot of room to manoeuvre. We have to play very well each time. Winning this victory over the home team, the national squad, with all the fans behind them, this was not easy. This result has us happy and satisfied. The group is not over, but today we took an important step. I think that is the in the first half we could have done things better about the ball possession. In the second half we made better plays, and we control the game defensively: South Africa did not create a single goal situation because of our defensive system

Aaron Mokoena, South Africa captainUruguay played very well. They did not let us get into the game. We have to go on and believe. But (today's result) was unacceptable. The first 15-20 minutes, they started pressing us, we lost that belief and we didn’t want to play at all. We still have France and we really have to bounce back.

Diego Forlan, Uruguay forward and Budweiser Man of the MatchAll of us (forwards) like to score goals, but the important thing is to win. We tried it against France, but we faced a very tough opponent and we couldn’t do it. Today, luckily, it was different. The team is feeling better and better, we had a solid collective effort and this victory gives us a lot of confidence. We are very happy.

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