Argentina-Italy: Quotes

Roberto Pasquali, Italy captain
This was a very tough match. It was important for us to win today, but the best thing is that we managed to twice come from behind before we got the winning goal. It’s amazing. Argentina are a very strong side, and to be honest we’re in the toughest group in the competition. Our win was very sweet but we’re exhausted after playing three periods and then extra time. Today we really played as a team and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Palmacci and Pasquale Carotenuto got two of the goals and I got the third but it doesn’t matter who scores. The important thing is to win and that’s what we’ll have to do tomorrow if we want to finish top of the group and avoid Brazil in the knockout phase.

Ezequiel Hilaire, Argentina player
I’m disappointed we couldn’t hold on to our lead. We had a lot of chances but we couldn’t convert them, then a mistake from our goalkeeper allowed Italy to get the winner in extra time. We played better but we just couldn’t pass the ball around well enough. We knew before we got here that this would be a very difficult group. Every game will be hard for us and we’ll all need to improve to win the next fixture.