The second match in a tournament is always easier to get through than the first one. We still had some lapses in concentration, but we played better than we did against Spain, particularly at the back, and we made sure that we didn't make the same mistakes all over again. That's what made the difference in the end. Roberto Ceciliano, USA coach

This was a really important match for us as far as the rest of the competition is concerned. It was tough, but the win keeps us on course and will give us some confidence ahead of our match with Portugal. We're playing well, because we like this tournament and also because we're like one big family. Out on the sand, we give it our all for each other. Mario Chimienti, USA player

We knew that the entire country was watching this match and we were desperate not to lose, but unfortunately, playing with a man down in the opening period really hurt us badly and it turned the match in their favour. Marco Octavio, Iran coach

We played well but the final ball let us down. Being a man down at the beginning of the match turned the tide against us. However, in spite of all that, we feel that we gave it our best shot. Abbas Hashempour, Iran player