Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil coach:
"I’d say that this is the most exciting game I’ve coached in since the 2002 World Cup. What the players did was amazing, though the real stars of the day were the fans. They helped us overcome our problems and they carried us into the final. As for our performance, we know we didn’t play well and I have to say there are still some things we need to learn. We need to show a bit more maturity in certain aspects of the game, although there’s nothing better than a win like this to achieve it."
Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay coach:
"I don’t like to talk about ifs and buts, but what I can say is that when we missed that penalty we gave Brazil the shot in the arm they’d been lacking up to that point. They hadn’t looked comfortable till then and they couldn’t find a way through us. You just have to accept results though, and we accept this defeat. That said, we could have taken the game into extra-time and we even had chances to win it. The match reminded me of the Woody Allen film Match Point, with the game hanging on which side of the net the ball would drop. [Edinson] Cavani had a chance at the end with Julio Cesar totally exposed, but it went wide, sealing our fate. If we’d scored, Brazil wouldn’t have had the time to react. I’m going away a proud man, though, because I know that if we can play like that, we can give anyone a game."