Vahid Halilhodzic, Algeria coach
I am very proud, we played a heroic match and we deserved to qualify. We’re very, very proud. We’ve progressed so much over the past three years and this is a real gift for us. We’ve received support from all over the Arabic world – and that has been wonderful. The people here in Brazil also appreciate our sincerity and enthusiasm and I’m proud of that. But more than that, I’m proud of the way the team has played. Everyone will now talk about 1982 when Algeria beat Germany, but 32 years ago is a long time!
Fabio Capello, Russia coach
In my career, I’ve never seen a World Cup at this level. The quality is absolutely incredible, the pace is so intense. This is a great tournament. If you make the slightest mistake, you pay for it. We made minor mistakes which we’ve paid for. I never look for excuses, I accept defeat. At this World Cup, I was playing for the present – not for 2018. We could have won it, but we conceded. I thought we played well, the Algeria goalkeeper saved well on a few occasions. This Algerian squad is an excellent team, they have power and quality. They deserve respect – but I’ve said that ever since the draw was made.
Islam Slimani, Algeria forward and Budweiser Man of the Match
It’s a dream come true for me, but it’s not just me – it’s the group that should be praised. We’ve played well and we deserve to qualify. This award is a real bonus, I love to play with this team.