Marcello Lippi, Italy coach
We were excellent in the first 25 minutes and created a lot of chances, but unfortunately we weren't able to execute the things we'd been working on for the last few days. After the goal we just faded away completely and just sat back and let the Egyptians play. The second half was a bit more promising but we came up against an excellent goalkeeper. All the same, I thought we deserved to get an equaliser.

Shawky Gharib, Egypt assistant coach
The match was a tactical battle and we should feel proud that we won. We managed to keep our concentration for the whole game and that was the key to controlling the game and to frustrating Italy. We were the better side and it's a great day in the history of Egyptian football.

Giuseppe Rossi, Italy forward
It was a really difficult match, a lot more difficult than we thought it would be. We played pretty well in the first half but we missed far too many chances for us to be happy with our performance. We are very down tonight but we'll try and lift ourselves quickly and beat Brazil.

Fabio Grosso, Italy defender
It's tough to leave here having lost the game but we just have to accept that Egypt took their chance and we didn't. We lost the match in the first half and you can't expect to win games when you miss so many chances. But that's football, and sometimes you have to learn to lose even when you go away with the feeling that you were the better side.

Budweiser Man of the Match Mohamed Homos, Egypt midfielder
We were determined to win this game after losing to Brazil. Italy are a great side but we were ready to give them a fight. Our performance was just fantastic and I want to thank God for allowing me to score the goal.

Essam El Hadary, Egypt goalkeeper
It was a fascinating game and both sides showed a lot of quality. Italy are the world champions but people shouldn't forget that we have won the last two African Cup of Nations. We could have picked up a point against Brazil with a bit more luck but fortunately we had luck on our side tonight. I don't think I was the hero tonight. The whole team put in a great performance.