Ecuador coach Luis Suarez was happy to bury the myth that his team could only win at altitude after a 2-0 win over Poland in their World Cup opener.
“Ecuador have always been criticised with people saying that we could only win when playing at a very high altitude,” he said.
“But despite the atmosphere and the low altitude, we managed to win.
“This was a great result. But it’s just a step. The mountain is great. This is the first step in the World Cup.”
Ecuador’s second goalscorer Agustin Delgado played down the significance of the win.
“We can celebrate a victory but we must concentrate also on the next Group A match against Costa Rica,” Delgado told German television.
“We worked hard and got our reward. The two goals were our reward. We have taken a big step forward.
“Ecuador will be celebrating but we want to give them more happiness.”