"We've only had a short time to prepare since the end of the Japanese season, but my players were very motivated. We were aggressive and set up to attack, and we created a number of chances, although at the end of the day, we've unfortunately only taken one of them. Auckland are a physically robust team. I told my players to stay patient and let the ball do the work. We kept our shape very well. Our opponents tired in the second half, which opened up more space for us. We only have two days off until the next match, and I hope my players recover sufficiently before then," Sanfrecce Hiroshima coach Hajime Moriyasu.

"We can be absolutely satisfied with our performance. Let's not forget we're an amateur team. We've played very well against the Japanese champions, and we matched them to the end. Sanfrecce are strong and hard to knock off the ball. We became a little tired as the second half went on. We've lost, but we still go home with our heads held high. We gave a better account of ourselves than last year, and we've left behind a good impression of New Zealand football," Auckland City FC coach Ramon Tribulietx.