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Suarez grateful for support of Uruguay people   

SAMARA Russia (Xinhua) -- Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, who scored the first goal in the 3-0 win against Russia, thanked the Uruguayan fans for their consistent support.

Elected as the Man of the Match in the World Cup Group A encounter, Suarez appreciated the support of the Uruguayan people. “We are really grateful for all the things they (Uruguayans) do for us and their support, they are always with us, in good and bad times,” Suarez said.

“It’s important to reward all that support with victories and good results,” the striker added.

Suarez said their strategy worked well against a Russian side in great shape.

“All the games are difficult and complicated, and local team always show their strength. I think our team strategy was good, we didn’t want them to play comfortably and I think we achieved that,” he said.

The 31-year old has scored seven World Cup goals, surpassing Diego Forlan to become the second leading scorer of all time for Uruguay at the World Cups, only one goal less than record holder Oscar Miguez.

“On a personal level I’m happy to move forwards, with the team we continue to make history,” Suarez told a press conference.

With three consecutive victories and a clean sheet, Group A winners Uruguay are to compete with Group B runners-up for a berth in the quarterfinals. Spain and European champions Portugal will play Morocco and Iran respectively in the last round matches of Group B.

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Guerrero: “I want to hug” Jedinak for the support he gave me

MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) -- Peru captain Paulo Guerrero has said he will give his Australian counterpart, Mile Jedinak a “big hug” before they face off in Tuesday’s vital Group C game on Tuesday.

Guerrero looked as if he was going to miss Peru’s first appearance in the World Cup finals for 32 years after being given a 14-month ban for a positive drug test. He said the positive came as the result of a cocaine by-product contained in a tea he had drunk.

One of the reasons he had the ban overturned by FIFA was the support he received from the captains of Peru’s rivals in the group: France, Denmark and Australia and although Peru’s World Cup hopes have ended after narrow defeats to France and Denmark, Guerrero is still grateful he has been able to enjoy the experience.

“I haven’t had the chance to thank him (Jedinak) in person, I hope I can do that before tomorrow and I hope that we can talk. I am very grateful to him,” said Guerrero on Monday.

“I think that footballers have to support each other, and I hope to give him a big hug and thank him personally,” he added.

Although Peru have no chance of qualifying for the knockout stages, Australia can reach the last 16 if they defeat the South American side and Group C leaders France beat Denmark. 

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