We played the same way we did against Uruguay but today
(Roberto) Pasquali made all the difference. He was absolutely
perfect, particularly from free kicks. We played very well in the
third period and that's where we made the difference. We hope
to go as far in the competition as possible and give a good image
of Italian beach soccer. It's my 60th birthday today and this
win is the best present that my players could have given me.
Giancarlo Magrini, Italy coach
We started off well but we still haven't managed to solve
our problems in defence from the first match. I told my players to
concentrate on every ball but either they weren't listening or
they didn't manage to follow my advice, and that gave the
Italians a lot of space to work in. I'm disappointed that
we've been knocked out, and I think that my players didn't
know how to handle the pressure of a World Cup.
Nenem, Japan coach
When they scored their third goal, I was worried that what happened against Uruguay was going to happen all over again, but we managed to knuckle down and get back into the lead. For my fourth goal, I knew that the keeper wasn't very tall so I hit it as high as possible. It was part luck, part skill. I'm delighted to be among the tournament's top scorers.
Roberto Pasquali, Italy player
We never thought that we would be knocked out this early, because in our two defeats, we didn't really think that there was that much of a difference between our level of play and that of our opponents. We just lost concentration at times. We'll keep fighting right to the end though, to try to get a win in the tournament.
Teruki Tabata, Japan player