“Of course, I’m very happy. It was a difficult game because Hiroshima are a good team and are very well organised. We started very strongly but eased off after going in front and lost our self-belief. Hiroshima are especially dangerous down the flanks which is why I instructed my players to close down the spaces out wide. On top of that I brought on Mohamed Aboutrika to strengthen our attack. In the second half we were more active going forward and in my opinion we deserved to win,” Al-Ahly coach Hossam El Badry.
“In the second half we lost our concentration, the team was tired. Despite that we still managed to create some good chances, but unfortunately we didn’t make the most of them. Now we’ll prepare for the match for fifth place against Ulsan Hyundai as best we can. We want to continue to play well here on the international stage. We’ve picked up a lot of valuable experience against physically strong teams here and have seen that we’re able to compete with them,” Sanfrecce Hiroshima coach Hajime Moriyasu.