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Győr, AGBU Ararat and Ilves enjoy success

Paco Araujo said his Győri ETO FC team "played fantastically well" as they went through on Thursday along with AGBU Ararat Nicosia FC and FS Ilves Tampere. UEFA.com has full reaction.

AGBU Ararat enjoy their qualification
AGBU Ararat enjoy their qualification ©AGBU Ararat Nicosia FC

There were celebrations for FS Ilves Tampere, Győri ETO FC and AGBU Ararat Nicosia FC on Thursday as they clinched first place in their respective UEFA Futsal Cup preliminary round groups to book progress to next month's main round. UEFA.com rounds up the reaction from the three successful teams.

Paco Araujo, Győr coach
I am very proud of my boys [after beating Helvécia Futsal London 7-2 at home in Group F]. We started in the high-tempo way we wanted to and then played fantastically well, especially throughout the first half when we damaged them and scored four goals without conceding. I think we were a little nervous in the second half and that is why we conceded the goals we did but it is important to remember that the best team won today. I am thankful to the people, the club and the city of Gyor for supporting us so much and I hope we can make them even prouder by winning in the next round as well.

Ara Bedrossian, Ararat coach
What can I say, a great performance [to beat FC Anzhi Tallinn to top Group D with a game to spare] and such an improvement from Wednesday [a 3-1 win against SD Croatia Berlin]. We now look towards Saturday [against FC Levski Sofia West] and yet another win. Congratulations to the boys.

Juha-Pekka Torvinen, Ilves captain
I think this qualification was a collective effort. Today [in a 5-5 draw against Group B hosts ZC Excess Futsal in Malta] we made a lot of errors and this is why maybe we failed on to register our third win in a row.