Leonardo Cuellar, Mexico coach
Firstly I’d like to congratulate the Japan team, who I think are one of the favourites for this World Cup. Letting those two early goals in knocked us off our stride and stopped us from playing the game we wanted to play. Japan are also a very technical and skilful side and they had us chasing after the ball a lot. We have an awful lot to do now to pick ourselves up mentally and physically because this is a very painful defeat for us.

Homare Sawa, Japan captain and Player of the Match
This has come as a big surprise because I never imagined scoring a hat-trick. My team-mates helped me a lot, though, and a lot of the credit should go to them. I think the first two goals were also down to Aya Miyama because she played a couple of fantastic passes.

Norio Sasaki, Japan coach
I don’t think Mexico showed how strong they are today. My players did a great job, especially in the first half, and they were able to express themselves and get a great result. It wasn’t our objective to reach the quarter-finals today, but I’m very satisfied. I’d like to thank my players for showing their will to win today.