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Monday, 17 June, 2002, 06:18 GMT 07:18 UK
Hero Camara keeps cool
Camara celebrates with his team-mates
Senegal hero Camara is mobbed by his team-mates

Senegal's two-goal hero Henri Camara said his side's defeat over Sweden should not have come as a surprise.

Camara's extra-time golden goal ensured Senegal's place in the quarter finals - only the second African team to reach that milestone, since the Cameroon side of 1990.

But Camara said his side had not gone to the Far East as tourists so the victory over Sweden was no shock.

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It's not luck, we're seeing the birth of a great team
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Bruno Metsu

Camara, who plays for Sedan in France said his side would celebrate their quarter-final berth but it was more important to focus on the next match against Japan or Turkey.

"We did everything to win," Camara said.

"We are not here to be tourists. I'm very happy but we will try to forget this match and focus on the next match."

Senegal's French coach Bruno Metsu agreed that his side's win was not luck, but rather the birth of a great team.

"It was a completely mad game and I think the fans will be very happy," Metsu said.

"It's not luck, we're seeing the birth of a great team.

"It was a very beautiful match," he added.

"We made a difficult start by conceding an early goal but Sweden are a very strong team and Argentina and England both broke their teeth on them.

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We showed once more we are a bunch of friends who want to go all the way, and we will go all the way
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El Hadji Diouf
"I'm now thinking about the Swedes - losing like that must be very tough," Metsu concluded.

Another of Senegal's star's El Hadji Diouf described the victory as a tribute to the talents of the team.

"It was always going to be a difficult match, a match of warriors and we had the trump cards," he said.

"We showed once more we are a band of brothers, a bunch of friends who want to go all the way, and we will go all the way."

Diouf said the team would keep its feet on the ground and didn't mind who they played in the quarter-finals or beyond.

"Whether it's Japan, Turkey, Germany or England, it doesn't matter," he said.

"We are little Senegal, We will take each game as it comes and we won't worry about who we are playing."


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