Sport: Quotes Of The Week

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"No one scored even a goal against my team and yet, and this is incredible, here we are wondering who we are going to get in a play- off game.'' Cesare Maldini, the Italian coach after drawing with England.

"When I moved from Lazio, the owner Signor Cragnotti said the next time I came to Italy would be on holiday. And he was right, because you can tell him I've enjoyed my holiday tonight, thank you.'' Paul Gascoigne enjoys his moment of triumph in Rome.

"It was like a dream and I think my heart was pretty close to stopping because I thought it was in the net.'' Glenn Hoddle, England's coach, on the Christian Vieri header in the dying seconds of the match.

"The ref was absolutely magnificent. It is the fairest performance I have seen from a referee for years. He needs to be praised to the hilt.'' Hoddle on the Dutch referee Mario van der Ende.

"He looked like a pint of Guinness running around in the second half.'' Gascoigne on England skipper Paul Ince after he was forced to wear a head bandage during the Italy game.

"The game is killing me right now. I have played nine tournaments in a row and it's too much.'' Colin Montgomerie after losing in the World Match Play Championship quarter-finals.