Roberto Valeiro, Spain goalkeeper
Japan scored a lot of goals today, punished us for every mistake and ended up winning it. Our morale wasn’t affected by the absence of Amarelle, even if he is one of the best players in the world. In fact we went into the game very focused. We have to get back to winning ways in our next match as, in this competition, you can’t lose more than one game and still hope to progress.
Teruki Tabata, Japan player
Spain are a very strong team but we showed great initiative and played our own style out there. We all went into the game hoping to avenge our defeat of last year, and I think this was apparent in the way we played. I’m happy that I scored two goals today but they came as a result of the team effort. We’ve put this fixture behind us now and are focusing on raising our game again for our next match.
Ruy Ramos, Japan coach
We’ve had a very busy schedule with the finals for the qualifiers and now the World Cup, so it was a hard-fought victory for us. After we went behind in the first period we continued to play our own game and when we got the chance to score we took it. I’m not thinking about tomorrow’s game yet as I need to get some rest first.