Otto Rehhagel, Greece coach
To get knocked out is really hard to take and we should be focusing our thoughts on the team right now. That's the most important thing. We paid dearly for losing the first match to Korea Republic. We'd gone into that game with high expectations. All the same, we've shown real character in these three matches, and you have to remember that there are a lot of good sides here who haven't played their best football. And there are some other good sides that didn't even make it. We gave our all, although it wasn't enough.

Diego Maradona, Argentina coach
The team did a fantastic job. Every single one of my players did exactly what I wanted them to do. We knew we had to be careful at set-pieces and with shots from distance but we also knew that if we put pressure on them we'd force them to make mistakes. Things worked out perfectly for us. I was sorry [Lionel] Messi didn't get a goal. I dived on the ground when his shot hit the post and if there'd been a swimming pool around I'd have jumped in head first.

Alexandros Tzorvas, Greece goalkeeper
It was a tough, tough match but I think we did our very best. I'd probably be a bit happier with my performance if we'd managed to get a result. We're disappointed, and for me the result is far more important than my own performance. All the same, we've been able to learn something in every game.

Martin Palermo, Argentina forward
I'm so happy. Scoring that goal was the best thing that's ever happened to me. It was priceless. I never thought I'd score because I only came on for the last ten minutes and it was a really tight game. Thankfully God was there to give me a helping hand again though. I can't thank Maradona and my team-mates enough for the support they've given me. Together we're going to give everything we have to defend this badge.

Lionel Messi, Argentina captain
The way Greece played made it tough for us. All they did was defend. Luckily we managed to impose ourselves again and we got another win, and that's what matters. I know I still haven't scored but I'm not bothered about that. Obviously I'd like to get a goal but it's only a question of time before it comes.