Stanislav Eremin (Coach, Russia):
We had a good start to the game in which we found our offensive rhythm. I opted not to play with Evgueni Pachoutine in the third period because he could not make his shots. The key moment in the match was Tchikalkine and Panov hitting two consecutive 3-pointers and Kirilenko blocking a shot at the other end.
Serguei Panov (Player, Russia):
I especially prepared myself for this match since I have not played well in the other matches. The French team beat us before and we know they are very strong. I think it is better to be fifth than being fourth because you close the tournament with a win.
Alain Weisz (Coach, France):
I would like to congratulate Russia for the win. Digbeu was very successful on defence guarding Kirilenko but Panov beat us today.
Jim Bilba (Player, France):
We played a very good team today who had a better fighting spirit than us. We could neither stop their perimeter shooters like Tchikalkine and Panov nor their inside play.