Ralf Peter, Germany coach
I expected this to be a hard match and it was. The North Koreans showed why they became Asian champions and I think it was only today that they showed their true strength at this tournament.

Ri Un Ham, Korea DPR coach
We always thought we would qualify. I would say that the other teams at this tournament have performed beyond our expectations and it is difficult to say how we will do in the quarter-finals as I don't know the strength of our opponents.