"We faced a very good team that has tired us. We conceded a quick opening goal, and we had to react quickly. It was very hard tactically and we ran a lot to get the win. We had a bad start in this game, which does not happen often to my players despite their young age. For the final, I do not care if it's Mexico or Nigeria. I just want to face a team that we can beat," Baye Ba, Mali coach.

"I want to congratulate Mali for this victory. This is a very good team and I wish them all the best for the final. Belgium played a very good game and I am proud of my boys. We started the match well and the first half was balanced. What happened in the second half happens in football. I am very pleased with the progress of my players for this tournament," Bob Browaeys, Belgium coach.