Jose Pekerman, Colombia coach
It was a very tough game, which at times reminded me of Argentina’s meeting with Côte d’Ivoire at Germany 2006. [Like in that game] we were winning 2-0 and they, thanks to long-distance shots, kept the result hanging in the balance right to the end. As for Juanfer [Juan Quintero], we have a very varied squad and his introduction brought composure and precision to our play. It’s too soon to talk about winning the group. I think that Japan will raise their game and will still be chasing qualification when they play us.
Sabri Lamouchi, Côte d’Ivoire coach
We didn’t deserve to lose, I feel a draw would have been fair. We made a few untimely errors and paid a heavy price. I’m not going to get too carried away with what went on, there are only some small things to iron out ahead of the next game. We’ll now go back to our camp and get plenty of rest, because we’ll need to beat Greece by a big margin. I can’t see us qualifying any other way.
James Rodriguez, Colombia forward and Budweiser Man of the Match
It’s easy to play when you’ve got good footballers. When Juan [Quintero] came on that was the case – he made things easier for us. This game was tougher than our previous one, because Côte d’Ivoire have better players [than Greece] and are physically stronger. That’s why these three points feel harder earned. Of course I love scoring, but the most important thing is to do my bit for the team, be it by providing assists or scoring goals.