Stephen Keshi, Nigeria coach
I wouldn’t say Uruguay surprised me. We watched their last two games and they played just the way we expected. What you have to remember, though, is that they’ve spent six years together, whereas we’ve only been working for a year and half. It all came down to a question of concentration. We switched off for the second goal and it cost us the game. Nevertheless, I’m very proud of what my boys did, considering the difference in experience between the two sides. I hope we can maintain this standard and just up the concentration levels a bit and be a little more professional. As for Spain, we can’t wait to play them. Anything can happen. That’s what makes this such a great game.
Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay coach
We’ve never played with the three strikers (Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani) like that before. We felt we had to go for it and it worked out for us. We pressed really well at the start and then Nigeria gained control through to the second half, when we took the lead and stayed solid at the back. We could have killed the game off earlier but we’re very pleased all the same. Since the draw was made we’ve been saying this was our big game. We’ve taken a step towards the semi-finals. We’re not there yet, but we’ve smoothed the path.