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World Cup Quote Hanger: 'I'm enjoying this moment, because of all the criticism I received'

June 20, 2014 09:44 IST

World Cup Quote Hanger: 'I'm enjoying this moment, because of all the criticism I received'

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"I have been thinking about this, it was something I dreamed about happening quite a lot."

"I’m enjoying this moment, because of all I suffered, the criticism I received. So there you go."

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Uruguay striker Luis Suarez said his two-goal match-winning performance against England in Thursday's 2-1 win in World Cup Group D was the perfect response to his critics.

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Image: Luis Suarez - the scourge of Premier League defences all season - after his winner
Photographs: Tony Gentile/Reuters

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'It's a goal we don't expect to conceded'

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“It’s a goal we don't expect to conceded," Hodgson told reporters. "Long goal-kicks with the sort of players we have in the team."

"I fully believed we would go on to win or draw and to concede that second goal is really an unbelievable blow."

England manager Roy Hodgson said on Thursday following their 2-1 World Cup Group D loss to Uruguay.

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Image: England manager Roy Hodgson of England looks on
Photographs: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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'Without the red card we probably could have won the game'

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"When Katsouranis was sent off, it changed the game fundamentally," Santos told reporters. "Without the red card we probably could have won the game."

Greece could have emerged victorious from their 0-0 World Cup Group C draw with Japan on Thursday were it not for Kostas Katsouranis's first-half red card, coach Fernando Santos said.

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Image: Greece's Kostas Katsouranis, right, is shown a red card by referee Joel Aguilar of El Salvador
Photographs: Toru Hanai /Reuters

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'He is the man who would take us to the moon'

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"If we look at the last four years, there are times where he was our weapon, the man who would take us to the moon, then two months later; he was not the same player."

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli told a news conference with Mario Balotelli sitting beside him.


Image: Mario Balotelli of Italy
Photographs: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

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