Alan, Portugal player
It was a very good match in which we worked very hard. This was an important factor for us - our work rate. We were not surprised at the strength of the Japanese team and knew they were a very strong team. We are calm now and ready for our next step. Whether it is against Brazil or Italy does not concern us – it is for them to think about.
Takeshi Kawaharazuka, Japan captain
We had many chances during the match and it was very close between the two of us. They definitely had two or three skilled players that put in a very high performance, but as teams, the difference was very small. We did very well in the group stages, winning all three of our matches. We will grow as a result of having been here and look forward to the next tournament.