Brazil-Egypt: Quotes
© Getty Images

Dunga, Brazil coach
We played two very demanding South American World Cup qualifiers (against Uruguay and Paraguay) before we came out here and all we did in the training sessions for the Egypt match was to try and get the players back into shape. We almost paid for the lack of rhythm today. It wasn't easy getting those three points and what pleased me most about today was the fact that we kept going till the end, trying to score the winner.

Shawky Gharib, Egypt assistant coach
We are very, very proud of the way we played against one of the best teams on the planet. The players' heads went down with those two goals right at the start of the game. Even so, when we went in 3-1 down at the break we managed to motivate ourselves and keep fighting. Thanks to that spirit we almost got a point.

Mohamed Zidan, Egypt forward
We might not have made a very good start but I thought that overall the team did really well today. Unfortunately our marking was a bit slack at times and we let in two goals from set-pieces. We had a great chat in the dressing room at half-time and I think was what made us come out and show that we weren't going to give in easily. To be honest, I think we deserved a point.

Robinho, Brazil forward
It could have been a lot easier for us but Egypt deserve a lot of credit for fighting back in the second half. We maybe lost our composure for a few minutes there but the most important thing was that we won. In the next game against USA we'll be working hard to make sure we don't make those errors again, because we'll be coming up against another quality team.

Ahmed Hassan, Egypt captain
This game proved to everyone that Egypt is not in the Confederations Cup just to make up the numbers. We showed some real fight and put in a spectacular performance despite losing out in the end. The next game against Italy promises to be very tough, maybe even more so than today's match. We'll be going out there determined to perform at the same level.

Julio Cesar, Brazil goalkeeper
It's not normal for us to let in three goals in a game and we know it. We had a lapse of concentration in the second half and it nearly cost us the win. Against USA we'll be looking to recover the rhythm we've had in our last few World Cup qualifying matches and trying to make sure that these kinds of things don't happen again.

Kaka, Brazil midfielder
I think we deserved the goal at the end for all our excellent play in the first half and above all for the commitment we showed throughout the game. I've got used to taking important penalties over the last few seasons at Milan so I didn't think twice about taking this one. We expected it to be a very tough opening match and we're very happy to leave here having got the job done in what is a very tight group. We've got the three points we wanted and now we're in a position to reach the semi-finals.