Vicente del Bosque, Spain coach
I feel terrible but brave enough to take this defeat on the chin without getting depressed about it. I can’t explain why we let in five goals. We’re not noted as being a defensive side, but we’ve always been resolute at the back. In the first half they pressurised us but we still managed to find some space. The game turned on a couple of long balls they played in behind us. We can’t blame Casillas. We lost because the whole team underperformed. Even though I’m not going to compare this defeat to the one we suffered to Switzerland four years ago, we have the experience and it’s still just the three points that we’ve dropped. We need to look forward with the strength of an athlete who wants to overcome the next challenge.
Robin van Persie, Budweiser Man of the Match
It’s amazing. This is a dream come true for us and that’s why we need to enjoy the moment. I think my equaliser came at just the right time and when Robben made it 2-1, it gave us a huge lift and hurt them badly. The key was to keep the pressure on till the very end, which we were able to do because we’re in great shape.
Louis Van Gaal, Netherlands coach
We played a fantastic game and were compact in defence and direct in attack. We put pressure on them at all times, and there’s no need for me to tell you just how dangerous Van Persie, Robben and Sneijder can be on the ball. Maybe our fitness was a factor, especially in this heat and humidity. The team is also mentally strong and we showed that today.