CUTO ( Associated Press) — Tears, resignation, sadness, but above all gratitude were expressed by Ecuadorians who applauded their country’s team’s participation in Qatar, where the World Cup dream is set for Tuesday. Ended up with a -1 loss. Senegal.
“Thank you for the dedication they gave, there are no words, we were all with them,” 29-year-old Vinicio Acosta told The Associated Press after watching the match from the Ecuadorian capital.
Although he questioned the arbitration, Acosta remains with TRAI in its claws and with the faith and hope he instilled in more than 17 million Ecuadorians.
Vinicio’s brother Andres Acosta, 24, was also there at a shopping center in northern Quito, where hundreds had gathered to watch the game.
He said, “Ecuador won, it won the hearts of all of us and now the whole world knows who Ecuador is, it made us very happy and we will be here to support them.”
The Ecuadorian team enthralled their fans by opening the World Cup with a win over hosts Qatar and a draw against the mighty Netherlands. In the end, four points proved insufficient to advance.
“We gave our all and it is because of them that we are a united nation in this World Cup,” he said. There will be future opportunities,” Alison Pazmino, 22, consoled herself.
Diego Ramos, 25, said, “It is very sad to be eliminated after a great participation… Ecuador is a winner and will always be one of the best.”
His colleague at the Red Cross, 18-year-old Fabian Pozzo, assured that the footballers “played very well and deserved to win.”
“But I am satisfied that he has given everything and he has the tricolor shirt in his heart.”
The two mentioned that they would welcome the team upon their return and give them a Champions’ Welcome.
President Guillermo Lasso wrote on his Twitter account that “this selection is for the winners.” He called on the country to thank their work and commitment, “for inviting us to dream, for their sacrifice and their hunger for glory.”
The President said, “Thank you on behalf of the entire country.”
This was Ecuador’s fourth participation in the World Cup. The first time they qualified was in Japan 2002, when they were eliminated at the first stage. In Germany 2006 they reached the last 16, but lost to England.
In 2014, he was in Brazil and was eliminated due to a draw against France. This time they stayed until the first leg, failing to overcome Senegal.