Côte d'Ivoire-Australia: Quotes

Gerard Gili, Côte d'Ivoire coach
We played a good game tonight and now we will face a difficult contest against Nigeria. The quarter-final will be a classic African match-up between two teams that know each other very well. It should be interesting. We have some good players with good qualities and hopefully we can keep going.

Emmanuel Kone, Côte d'Ivoire midfielder
[Solomon] Kalou has a lot of experience and it was down to him tonight that we were able to win the game and move on to the quarter-finals.

Graham Arnold, Australia coach
we had nerves in our first game, but against Argentina we were outstanding and we were outstanding again today. The difference in the game was Kalou. He's a big player and he made all the difference today. We've had problems scoring with this team. This is generally a problem with all levels of Australia's national teams. Disappointment aside, I am proud of the work the players put in and I think we have developed as a team.

Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Australia defender
We improved with every game here, but we just came up a little short