“I’m the happiest man in the world because we’ve overcome every hurdle. Half of my players are amateurs but we haven’t lost a single match here. We deserve to finish where we have because we’ve been brilliant from beginning to end. I hope this performance will have a positive impact on football in New Zealand. We’ve had a few tricky moments along the way, starting with the first match against Moghreb Tetouan, which was a matter of life or death. After that we just tried to make sure we were up to the job. No one expected us to come third, and it’s a real honour. I mustn’t forget to thank the local fans, who’ve given us their support throughout the tournament. I hope that Moroccan football will have a bit more luck in the next few editions.”

Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx

It was an even game, though we dominated the second half. We went on the attack but the forwards didn’t put their chances away. Auckland City have a great keeper, who put in a fantastic performance. I’m disappointed we missed out on third place, but we didn’t have any luck in the penalty shoot-out. I was impressed by the physical and mental strength of the Auckland City players, who’ve had to play one game after another. They’re exceptional players and I’d be happy to have them in my team. I’d like to congratulate our opponents for taking third place because they thoroughly deserve it.”

Cruz Azul coach Luis Fernando Tena