Gustavo Alfaro after Ecuador win against Qatar: “Beating the host country is motivating”

Gustavo Alfaro (Ecuador coach, 2-0 winner of Qatar at the opening of the World Cup): “It’s a big win because, especially in the first game, there’s more pressure and tension. You don’t know what to expect, how the team is going to behave. The players had in mind that the first game is important. To hope to move on to the next round, you had to win, but that’s not a decisive step, there are teams that won the first match and didn’t go through. […] Against the Netherlands (Friday), it will be difficult because they are good finishers. But beating the host country is motivating. The players are very committed. We try to make history. »

Romario Ibarra (Ecuador midfielder): “It was our goal to make history, since the team from a host country had never lost in an opening. The team had a great game. We put pressure on them, with intensity, we took advantage of our opportunities. We came here determined to do something big. We will continue step by step, with the same humility. »

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