It was a very difficult match, and the strong wind made it difficult to have our normal tempo today. Venezuela have very strong forwards and very good squad players. As South American qualifiers my impression is of very good individuals. It won’t be easy but I think we are capable of winning if we play good football and at our maximum level.
Asako Takemoto Takakura, Japan coach
I am excited by the World Cup we just had. The man objective was to advance from the group stage, which we did and that is an improvement so it is definitely a step forward. I still feel there is room to improve, the players can learn more and there are still things to teach. We started the tournament well. We played some attractive football against Colombia and China, but at the same time our performance against Nigeria affected our confidence for today and created some doubts.
Leonardo Cuellar, Mexico coach