2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

Netherlands-Brazil: Quotes

Bert van Marwijk head coach of the Netherlands embraces goalscorer Wesley Sneijder
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Bert van Marwijk, Netherlands coachIt took us about 25 minutes of today's game to deal with our nerves, and I was pleased to be only 1-0 down at the interval. During the break I told them to play their usual game during the second half. Once we scored our first goal we played much better and proved that we've got a very strong squad. We'll celebrate tonight but then we need to turn our focus to our next game.

Dunga, Brazil coachThere's no doubt we're all down because, even though we knew this would be a very tough game, we weren't expecting this. After the interval we weren't able to play with the same style or level of concentration as we had in the first half. A World Cup match is decided by small details over the course of 90 minutes and unfortunately we fell short of our primary objective, the title. But the most important thing was to revive the spirit of the national team and if anybody were to go into the dressing room now and see the players' faces they'd realise we've done that.

Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands midfielderWe showed the world that the Netherlands versus Brazil is a fantastic game. Finally we beat them [after defeats at USA 1994 and France 1998]. At the break all we said to each other was that we needed to improve and put their defence under more pressure. We gave it our all for 45 minutes and we were rewarded. For the goal I just had to get my head on the ball – it was a great feeling. We've got to celebrate now, because we're in the semi-finals.

Arjen Robben, Netherlands wingerIt was a great game for the fans. Both teams played top-class football. For the first 20 minutes we struggled to find our feet, we were maybe a bit nervous. But in the last 15 minutes of the first half and throughout the second period we played much better, we created chances and we deserved the win. We kept trying to put their defence under pressure. What matters now is focusing on the next game, we've not come here to settle for the semi-finals. Of course what we're experiencing now is fantastic because we've beaten one of the favourites, but the tournament starts for real from now on. We're in the last four and we know we're capable of reaching the Final.

Julio Cesar, Brazil goalkeeperNone of us expected this result, because the squad went into the game with the confidence built up over the last three and a half years. But that's football. They deserved it in the second half, they played really well. Their first goal hit us hard, it was a huge blow. I went for the ball and got caught up with Felipe Melo. I missed the ball and it clipped his head. We're all really sad but we'll leave with our heads held high. It's not the end of the world.

Robinho, Brazil forwardI can't explain it. We were excellent in the first half but conceded two silly goals in the second and got knocked out. Anyone who saw the first half would have thought we'd end up thrashing them but we ended up conceding twice. Everyone's gutted and we know we could have done better. Football's a great source of joy but today, unfortunately, the people of Brazil are sad.

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