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2010 FIFA World Cup™

Australia-Serbia: Quotes

Tim Cahill of Australia celebrates scoring
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Pim Verbeek, Australia coachI am disappointed, but we were not good enough in the end. We gave away some chances, and it was those that hurt us. At half-time, I told the boys that we had another 45 minutes to get a result - that it was an all or nothing situation. We needed that extra bit of luck at 2-0, to go up 3-0. The boys were fantastic. I'm just disappointed. We earned four points in the tournament, but the Germany game killed us.

Tim Cahill, Australia midfielder and Budweiser Man of the MatchWe knew what we had to do and try to put them under pressure and it worked pretty well. We have been through some hard times and we have been up against it. I found myself getting in behind (the defenders) and playing off the shoulder. I felt it was only a matter of time before I got another chance and when it was there I just tried to get a good contact. I’m just buzzing to hit the back of the net because this time last week my World Cup was over.

Radomir Antic, Serbia coachThis was a game of good quality. I cannot reproach any of my players for their effort. We had plenty of opportunities. We deserved much more than we got.

Nemanja Vidic, Serbia defenderIt is a very sombre atmosphere in the dressing room because we played a very good first half, the best since beating Romania 5-0 in the qualifiers. Australia were more aggressive in the second and we ran out of steam after they started pounding us with long balls and sharp crosses into our penalty box. We are very disappointed because we expected to reach the knockout stage of the competition, especially after beating Germany and giving ourselves a good chance of progressing.

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