Algeria-Slovenia: Quotes

Rabah Saadane, Algeria coach
It was between Slovenia and us (for second place) and we missed our chance. We’re going to find it very difficult in our next two games now. Mistakes are part and parcel of the game and I’m not going to criticise [Faouzi] Chaouchi and [Abdelkader] Ghezzal.

Rafik Halliche, Algeria defender
I’m disappointed with the result. I expected a lot more from what was a good performance from us. We were hoping to take at least a point from this game but it wasn’t to be, and after yesterday’s result we’re going to be in for a tough match against England.

Matjaz Kek, Slovenia coach
We deserved to win and I think we outplayed Algeria. We scored a goal and that’s what counts in football. Maybe we pushed a bit harder for the win and wanted it more. It’s Slovenia’s first World Cup victory! We were suffering on the bench. We’re not going to let it change us, though. We’re going to have a little celebration and then get ready for the USA match.
Robert Koren, Slovenia midfielder and captain, and Budweiser Man of the Match
Even before this game we said our objective was to get through the first round. This win can only increase our self-confidence. We made a few changes after their red card. I pushed forward a bit more and we made an opening, though I have to say there was a touch of good fortune about my goal.