Fabio Capello, Russia coach
We played a solid match and I’m satisfied with our performance. My players reacted well after the opening goal and it was the best possible birthday present they could have given me. Even so, I’m a little disappointed because we could have won the game. We were very edgy at the start, and we weren’t able to play our usual football. Even so, we still created danger, without ever really managing to be at our best. The South Koreans did some good things as a team, especially in terms of possession, but we were able to keep them at a distance. Goalkeepers can make mistakes like any other player, and today it happened to a great champion like Igor Akinfeev. Fortunately we were able to make up for his mistake. Kerzhakov is a fantastic footballer and he still loves scoring goals.
Hong Myungbo, Korea Republic coach
We didn’t get the win, but we can be happy with the draw. It was our first match of the competition and opening matches are always difficult. Even so, I’m happy with what I saw. We studied Russia and their coach’s tactics carefully and we prepared very well for the game. My players have given their very best, and showed how good they are in both a tactical and physical sense. The Russians, meanwhile, are fast players and there were times when they put us under pressure. I said to my players that they could hit long balls in response, though it wasn’t an order.