How was this match for you? Well, it was a game where we knew the first goal would be very important because it’s a team that plays with 11 players behind the ball line but things went well, we started well and were able to score two goals in 5 minutes, if I’m not mistaken. And then the game got easier. Obviously what we wanted was to go back to the wins. We know, at this point, that Switzerland won and so did the Faeroe Islands and we have to fight hard because we know this qualifying stage will be rather complicated. But we wanted to go back to the wins and congrats to the team who played really well today.
We were curious, while we were commenting the game because we saw you trace back a lot, almost playing as Defensive Midfielder, in the last 20 minutes, after your 4th goal. Why? Because I felt a little knock. The back of my leg was hurting a little and I didn’t want to force it. I feel okay. They were playing with 9 too. I played a little behind but that didn’t make them score goals so it was good.
What happened now after your return compared to what happened in Switzerland, does it prove your importance in the team? Yes, like what mister said - and I want to thank him for those words - I know I’m an important player, just like all the others are. I try to always do my best ever since I started to play, ever since my first games with the National Team. As a player, I feel useful and happy to play for the National Team. I scored 4 goals today. Obviously I’m very happy to come back after the serious injury I got in the Euro final. But the whole team is to be congratulated. Now we need to stay on track. There are 8 games left and we want to win them all so we can go to the World Cup.
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