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World Cup Quote Hanger: 'We had like 27 chances in the game'

July 02, 2014 10:48 IST

World Cup Quote Hanger: 'We had like 27 chances in the game'

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"We had something like 27 chances in the game and we deserved our win. We created a chance after just two minutes and it was fantastic goalkeeping from Tim Howard that kept us out."

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Belgium coach Marc Wilmots, happy with the number of chances created by his team in a 2-1 win against the United States at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

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Image: Head coach Marc Wilmots and Toby Alderweireld of Belgium look on
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World Cup Quote Hanger: 'Obviously it's a bummer for us to end on the losing side'

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"Obviously it's a bummer for us to end on the losing side (but) it was a game which gave everything to the fans, to the crowd."

U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann, beaten but unbowed, on the United States disappointment to be going home offset by optimism for the future. 

The Americans went down 2-1 in an extra-time thriller in Salvador. 

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Image: Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the United States acknowledges the fans
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World Cup Quote Hanger: 'I don't know whether I deserved this one or not'

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"I don’t know whether I deserved this one or not but what is important is that we move on to the next stage which is what we wanted."

Argentina's Lionel Messi, after picking up his fourth man of the match award in a row against Switzerland. The Barcelona ace admitted the prize was barely deserved in a World Cup last-16 game was marked more by collective effort than individual brilliance.

Messi was effectively shackled by a superb Swiss defense and had few chances to show the kind of form that won him four world player of the year awards in a row between 2009 and 2012.

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Image: Lionel Messi of Argentina gestures during the match against Switzerland
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World Cup Quote Hanger: 'We were clearly superior'

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"It was even during a first half in which they had two clear chances to score, but in the second half we were clearly superior, we had five or six shots at goal and in extra time we also had more chances."

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella, congratulating his team on their tactical discipline. The two-time winners needed an extra-time goal to overcome Switzerland in a nailbiting World Cup match. 

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Image: Head coach Alejandro Sabella of Argentina gestures during the match against Switzerland
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World Cup Quote Hanger: 'My job as a coach has finished here'

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"My job as a coach has finished here. I am proud of my career. I was very fortunate to coach some marvelous teams, and the Swiss national team.

"It has been a great honor ... and I am proud to say goodbye to the Swiss team with my heart full of emotions."

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, confirming that the defeat to Argentina was his last match as a coach, and that he was going to work as a television pundit in his native Germany.

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Image: Head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld of Switzerland looks on
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