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