Mikhail Likhachev, Russia coach
It was such an important game and we just didn’t want to lose. That’s why we’re so happy to come out with a win, though we’re all very shocked by the news of the plane crash that claimed the lives of our fellow countrymen. We’d like to dedicate this win to them. There’s no question Mexico are one of the best teams in the world. Their tactics are excellent and they have a superb coach and great players. It was anything but an easy game for us.
Ramon Raya, Mexico coach
I’m angry with the defeat and yet very proud of my boys. What amazes me most about Russia is the way in which they approach games, though they had a fairly easy time of it in the group phase while we had to battle every step of the way. It’s not an excuse, but we went into the game at about 80% of our strength while they were at 99% at least. There wasn’t much more we could do. On top of all that Russia have got one of the best keepers in the world in Filimonov. Even so, we won’t let our heads go down and we’ll keep on working hard.