Amarelle, Ukraine assistant coach
We were a little lucky maybe, but we’ve also got a fantastic squad with two great keepers and we always play as a team. We made the most of the chances we created, and this is an absolutely vital win for us. It should steady our nerves a little for the Mexico game, which will decide whether we go through or not.
Ruy Ramos, Japan coach
Today’s match was vital to our qualification hopes but unfortunately we lost. We said we’d fight all the way and that’s what we’ve done. We couldn’t have given any more and we’ve put 100 per cent into it, but it wasn’t enough. Maybe we could have done a little bit more, but in beach soccer you can’t afford to miss a single chance. The Brazil game will be extremely difficult to win, virtually impossible in fact, but we’ll give it a go.