Norio Sasaki, Japan coach
I'm delighted with how the players performed this evening. They carried out the tactical plans out to perfection, particularly in the second half when they hit China on the counter-attack, took their chances and never stopped working. It is a wonderful feeling to reach the semi-finals. We are looking forward to going to Beijing and I hope the players will recover well and give a good account of themselves against USA.

Shang Ruihua, China coach
I would like to congratulate Japan. They played really well today. But I would like to thank our players. They tried their best and didn't give up until the last minute. It's a pity. We've all worked very hard and there was a great unity among the players. We've made great strides since the Asian Cup, and I hope that continues in the future. But I have to take the responsibility for this defeat. I have to say sorry to everyone.