Australia coach Jan Versleijen
“If you look at the game, Côte d’Ivoire were absolutely the better team. What I can say is that my teams worked very hard and played as a unit. The few chances that we got, we took full advantage of them. Normally, if you play a game like we played against a team like the Ivorians, you would lose.”

Côte d’Ivoire coach Alain Gouamene
“The result was a shame for us tonight. I believe we deserved to win today, and the numbers show that. We had 63 per cent of the possession. However, I will admit that my players were a little bit nervous today because it was the first game. They are talented players, but they are also very young. In the end, I have to congratulate the Australians because they did enough to win the game.”