GER-MEX: Players' Quotes
Michael Ballack (Anheuser Busch Man of the Match)
Mexico were a very good team but we beat them. That will give us confidence over the coming months. I am proud of my team. We have scored an incredible number of goals over the tournament but we have also conceded a lot. Overall, we have only come up short against Brazil. The team has great attacking potential and we have managed to realise that. It is always a great pleasure for me to return to my home region. The fans are incredible and know instinctively when the team needs their support.
Oliver Kahn (GER)
I am very happy with my performances because we have won both games. However, we still have to work at our defensive play. This Confederations Cup was a tournament of all-out attack. We will not win with that tactic at the FIFA World Cup next year. But we still have a year to go and we are aware of our shortcomings. The young players in particular have to learn to handle the boisterous atmosphere in the stadiums. The fans are always pressing them forwards which can make the game a little hurried.
Lukas Podolski (GER)
All in all it was a great game. We had said among ourselves that we were taking this game seriously and wanted to win. I have not seen my goal on TV but I think it was unstoppable. The strike partnership with Hanke worked well. He really got stuck in. The medal will go to my parents like all of my trophies. It is very important to me.
Robert Huth (GER)
After the long, hard weeks in the build-up, that was a fantastic outcome. We knew the Mexicans would be difficult opponents, but in the end we did enough. Even with ten men we felt we could win because the Mexicans had already played extra time in one of their matches. I could have scored in the first half, but I made up for it. All of a sudden the ball was in front of me. I met it and it went in.
Mike Hanke (GER)
I am bitterly disappointed to have been sent off, especially on my first start. The coach has told me to keep my head up and I will have other chances. I went in too aggressively for the challenge that earned me the red card, but I did not make contact. It was no more than a yellow. I was really hoping that the team could win the match with ten men and I am very grateful and proud that they earned the victory so spectacularly.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (GER)
We had to work harder and defend more when we went a man down but it paid off. Obviously there was an element of luck to our success but I have to praise Andreas Hinkel. That pass was top drawer. Thank you.
Sebastian Deisler (GER)
It was a tense, nerve-wracking game we should not be conceding in the 86th minute. It is very difficult to play against a team like Mexico with ten men for so long, so congratulations to the whole team.
Bernd Schneider (GER)
To concede that many goals in a tournament is a bit excessive. But it was a good result today. The atmosphere here in Leipzig was fantastic again. Even at difficult times the crowd got behind us and gave us additional energy in extra time. Thank you Leipzig!
Jared Borgetti (MEX)
The German team are a difficult side to play against and they are in good shape. We played 120 minutes here shortly after playing the same amount of time against Argentina. We did well, but we didn't achieve what we wanted to achieve. Perhaps we should just be happy to finish fourth. We played quite well and I feel that we can do better in the World Cup.
Carlos Salcido (MEX)
The German team gave us a good game and I am just disappointed that a mistake decided the game. We were very close to reaching the final and I believe that it was only a piece of bad luck that denied us a second match against Brazil. I may have to play in the Copa Libertadores for Chivas in the next few days so I will have to do my best to rest as much as I can.
Gonzalo Pineda (MEX)
The most important thing for us was to get to the semi-finals and we want to do even better next year. This competition was a good test for us and it has helped is increase our knowledge of other teams.