Brazil-Spain: Quotes

Julen Lopetegui, Spain coach I’m very proud of our team, despite our exit. We played better than Brazil, we deserved to go through to the semi-finals but we paid a very high price for our mistakes and lack of good fortune. Unfortunately penalties are a lottery and it’s not necessarily the best team that wins. Most of the players are in tears in the dressing room, but I want them to proud of what they’ve achieved. They’ve given it everything they had and this experience will certainly serve them well in the future. We had, in theory, a tough game against the tournament favourites but we managed to dominate Brazil. And, believe me, even though our players were the more tired after the (Round of 16) game against Korea Republic (which also went to extra time and penalties), the fact that we had more possession than Brazil is a sign of the quality of our performance.

Ney Franco, Brazil coach As expected, we’ve had a very difficult match. This Spain team is excellent, but we won because we were got it right technically and tactically, while we were physically very well-prepared. There’s no doubt that Spain played better, but my players fought hard and were clever enough tactically to find an answer to their style of play. At first Spain were superior, but we were able to battle back and create goalscoring opportunities. We could have led 2-0 in the first half, but later on, after they equalised, it was a very even game. As for the shoot-out, we’ve got excellent penalty takers and a very good keeper, which is all you need to win on penalties. This team has a lot of quality and already has a very highly developed tactical sense. For example, they were able to adapt their game to the way Spain played today, and they’ll be able to do so again against Mexico.