Japan coach Hirofumi Yoshitake
“The result flattered us. Our first goal was very lucky, but it was the starting point for us to play some good football. We knew that if we imposed our style that it would be a game that we could win. However, there are still some details that we need to fix. The result will give us confidence, but we have to keep working. We will try to use all of the weapons we have in our arsenal against Brazil. We’ll give it our best shot.”

New Zealand coach Aaron MacFarland
“I would like to congratulate the Japanese team, because they have some excellent players and they play the game at an incredible pace. Today we were not up to their level and they were rightful winners. We are a small country, and we are happy with what we have done here in the Mexico. We played well in spurts, but it’s very difficult to fight back from such a big deficit. I think Japan could definitely win the World Cup.”