- HO Un Byol (69')
Referee Alexandra IHRINGOVA (ENG)
Marcos Gaspar, Brazil coach
It's always a challenge when your opening match is against North Korea. It was an exceptionally hard-fought game, and unfortunately we’ve lost. But we’re already thinking ahead to our next match, and we’ll go all-out to win it. I knew the North Koreans would play a lot of long balls, especially to their wingers, which is why we played with a spare defensive midfielder. She dropped back from time to time to try and cover the long passes. We’ve prepared very well for this World Cup, so I’m not at all concerned as yet. The players will all be fit and ready to go for the next match.
Choe Kwang Sok, Korea DPR coach
It was a very difficult game for us, and we’re just delighted we’ve finished the match as winners, because it's very valuable to us. It's always hard to compare men’s and women’s football. Our men’s game is only really starting to take off now, whereas women’s football is already very popular, because we’ve won a few trophies in the past. Reaching the final is our target.
I’m happy enough with the match, because we looked very solid in defence. We lost because of some very minor details. Our attacking play needs to improve in the next match. We’re not out of it yet, and we’ll give everything in our next match this Friday. I’m convinced Brazil can go a long way at this World Cup.