Noel King, Republic of Ireland coach
It was a very tough match that was made even more difficult by the heat. We came up against a very fine Brazil team whom I’d like to start by congratulating. I’d then like to praise my players for battling well this evening, and they’ve obviously learnt a lot. They were very disappointed at the end of the game, but I’m convinced they’ll give everything in the next match against Ghana.
Edvaldo Erlacher, Brazil coach
We found ourselves up against a quality team who made life difficult for us. They didn’t finish runners-up in Europe for nothing. We were able to do what was needed to get the win, though. This victory is worth savouring even more because it’s never easy to win the first match of a tournament. It’s good for our confidence that we managed it. To finish, I’d like to congratulate my players for providing us with a great spectacle played in a wonderful frame of mind.