Russia: Colombian football legend 'Pibe' Valderrama comments on win against Senegal

Carlos Valderrama, Former Colombian football player (Spanish): «[It was] difficult and complicated but we won. What we wanted was to win so we wouldn't have any problems. Once again, it was a difficult and complicated match, but we achieved qualification.» Journalist (Spanish): «Did you know that Senegal had never lost a match in the group phase?» Carlos Valderrama, Former Colombian football... Еще player (Spanish): «Then they came up against us.» Journalist (Spanish): «They had to play against Colombia.» Carlos Valderrama, Former Colombian football player (Spanish): «They came up against us and that's football. It was complicated, but we won and now are qualified for the next round.» Journalist (Spanish): «It was a difficult match because Senegal committed by putting players forward, they were looking for the game. The first half was very difficult.» Carlos Valderrama, Former Colombian football player (Spanish): «It was very difficult. We did not even have a chance. Senegal defended well. They were counter-attacking. In the second half it changed a bit. We managed the occasion and we took advantage of a corner to score. From then on, we knew it would be alright. A corner, a free-kick, a penalty. It was to our advantage in the end.» Journalist (Spanish): «In the first half, Colombia did not control the ball and on top of that, for a team like Colombia, a player like James, how important he is, the team needed to change. That was a blow for the team.» Carlos Valderrama, Former Colombian football player (Spanish): «Yes, of course, James is an important player for the team, more for the national team. The player that substituted him also played well. But the best thing about the triumph was to qualify in the way that Colombia did, winning two games makes us all calmer. Now a bit of peace and calm for all of us fans.» Colombian former footballer Carlos 'Pibe' Valderrama commented on Colombia's 1-0 win against Senegal and their qualification to the knockout stage, during an interview in Samara on Thursday. Valderrama said the match was «difficult and complicated,» with Senegal dominating ball possession in the first half. «In the second half it changed a bit. We managed the occasion and we took advantage of a corner to score. From then on, we knew it would be alright», he said. «The best thing about the triumph was to qualify in the way that Colombia did, winning the match,» Pibe said before a crowd of Colombian fans erupted in cheers behind him.

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