World Cup - Managers: Trap laments 'bitter evening'
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni believes that his side deserved to go to South Africa following their controversial play-off defeat at the hands of France.
France 1-1 Republic of Ireland
Raymond Domenech: "I didn't see the replay. From where I was, I couldn't see anything. All I know is the referee awarded the goal. I would like to pay tribute to the Ireland team and to their fans. It is regrettable in a way that they did not qualify because they would have deserved to go to the World Cup"
Giovanni Trapattoni: "I told the referee that it is possible to make great mistakes. It is a bitter evening. I am sad because the referee had time to ask the linesman and I am sure he should have asked Henry as well. All the European people saw the game and what happened. France played a good game in Dublin but this time we played better and over the two games we deserved to go to South Africa."
Slovenia 1-0 Russia
Matjaz Kek: "Our wish, our goals, our dreams came true. I congratulate, (and) bow to our boys. This is a happy end in line with Hollywood scenarios. We deserved to win. The boys deserve respect, they left their heart out for Slovenia. My philosophy, which was accepted by players, is that I am not interested in individuals in my team and even less in the individuals of the opposite team. We showed that we can beat the best players in the world by an organised defence. For us the only important thing was a team and how we will win over Russia."
Guus Hiddink: "I have an existing contract until the end of the World Cup finals in July 2010. The question (of whether I will continue to†Euro†2012) will require some time for thought. Before the matches with Germany and Slovenia the Russian Football Association expressed their desire to continue working together. But we'll talk about the future at a later stage."
Alexei Mikhailichenko: I feel very disappointed and sad that we lost. There are no excuses. The boys did everything they could to try and get the win but they didn't succeed. We were a little out of luck. I can't say that my team played badly. I believe that the team which deserved to go to the World Cup has won."
Otto Rehhagel: "Our boys were rewarded today for an unbelievable passion and fighting spirit. We said that no road should be too far and before you have success you have to have the gods sweating for you. We will play exciting football when we have (Lionel) Messi, Kaka, (Andres) Iniesta and Xavi on the team. The Ukrainians had very good combinations but we knew we would play with counter-attacks anyway and one was a success."
Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-1 Portugal
Miroslav Blazevic: It could be, but swans sing their final song for a very long time. I am a demoralised old man at this point in time and I have failed to accomplish what I set out to do, but I don't want to make a hasty decision. On the other hand, I am also very proud of the team spirit we have built here and the great ride to the play-offs, where we missed four key players after the first leg in Lisbon. It is never easy to chase the game against the likes of Portugal, but overturning a 1-0 deficit would not have been an impossible mission if we had been at full strength."
Carlos Queiroz: "As I have always said, marathons only finish at the end, when the final whistle has gone. It was a long journey from the beginning to here in this final stage, with some hiccups on the way, but always with the conviction and the certainty that we were moving in the right direction. It's not always possible to play well, but we managed to win, we are in the World Cup and we are very happy about that. The celebrations on the pitch were great, but I think we have time to celebrate even more."