USA coach B.J. Snow
It was tough physically and emotionally, but we didn’t play well enough to win a World Cup match. Congratulations to Ghana for turning it around. The pace of the game changed and we weren’t able to wrest the initiative back and dictate terms. We found it hard to cope with their direct style, and we tried to hold on for a point at the end, which wouldn’t have been a bad result against such a good team, but the penalty prevented us from doing that. We never underestimated Ghana. We’ve seen a lot of teams fall to pieces against Japan, which is what can happen when you take on the world champions. It didn’t mean to say that Ghana were weak. They had their backs to the wall and they absolutely had to win. That’s where we are now, with a game against Japan to come.
Ghana coach Evans Adotey
After losing 5-0 to Japan, we knew a defeat or even a draw would virtually knock us out. We had to win at all costs, which is what we did, and against the USA as well. It keeps us in the hunt for a place in the group phase. In 2012 we reached the semi-finals and in 2014 the quarters. We had only one thing on our minds when we came here, and that was to get to the knockout phase. That’s what I told the players, despite the defeat to Japan. We’re here to get past the first round.