2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

France-Mexico: Quotes

Javier Aguirre head coach of Mexico gestures
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Raymond Domenech, France coach
I don't know what to say – it's a real disappointment. The match turned on a stroke of bad luck and we never managed to get back on track. We showed good intentions and desire, but there's still something not quite right. For the moment, I don't know what I'm going to say to my players. Our qualification now depends on a miracle and it's out of our hands. We've got one match to play and to at least show that we have pride. I definitely blame myself for certain things, but for now I'm keeping them to myself. Before thinking about rebuilding, we need to take stock.

Javier Aguirre, Mexico coachIt was a very even game in which the first team to score was probably going to win. It was a very difficult victory. The French pressed us from the start of the match and the first half was very tough. Things got easier in the second half. We've been together for three months now, this team is well-oiled, and with our potential going forward we always try to trouble our opponents. We now have 90 minutes against Uruguay to reach our first goal, which is to qualify for the Round of 16.

Patrice Evra, France defender and captainWe're not a great team out on the pitch. I'm not going to start saying what isn't working as I'll say that to the people concerned. Against Uruguay, I was frustrated because we had a chance to win and I thought we were solid. Tonight it was the same until the second half. There's nothing to say other than that this is a huge catastrophe. I didn't see this defeat coming and we need to accept it. At the start of our preparations, I thought the lessons of the last EURO had been learnt. This isn't finished yet, though, and we need to salvage our pride against South Africa.

Jeremy Toulalan, France midfielder
It's not over yet, but it will take a miracle for us to go through. We had a lot of chances and we did all we could to try to win – or at least not lose – but Mexico deserved their victory. There's nothing to say. This was a failure for the whole squad.

Javier Hernandez, Mexico striker and Budweiser Man of the Match
Above all, I'm happy about this victory – more than my goal or my Man of the Match award. This is a team sport, so the important thing was that the team won. We wanted to provide our country with some joy this evening, but this victory is just the first step and we still have a long way to go. We're not thinking about the Uruguay match for now, we want to make the most of this moment.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Mexico forward
I'm happy to have scored, but the most important thing was the work put in by all my team-mates. Knowing who scored doesn't matter to me. We just need to think about the next match. Everything is in our own hands and either a win or a draw will take us through the doors to the next round.

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