Beverly Priestman, Canada coach
I’m down right now and so are the players. We had high hopes. We knew it was going to be a tough game because Venezuela always fight till the end. We try to do things the right way, and while we knew a draw would have been enough to take us through, we wanted to play an attacking game because we’ve got one eye on the future. That’s the way we want our players to play. And when you attack against a team that counters as well as Venezuela, it makes for an open game. This is just the start of the road for these players. So while we are disappointed, we have to look forward to the future. I’m very proud of my players.
Kenneth Zseremeta, Venezuela coach
It was a very difficult match. Canada are a strong side and prepared really well for the tournament. We watched their games and we took a close look at how they played against Germany and Cameroon. At half-time we spoke about having two blocks of four and letting Deyna Castellanos float between their centre-halves and unsettle them by pressing the ball. We were up against it and a player down and we came away with a great result that puts us among the best eight teams in the world. We’ve got Mexico next. They’re a very strong CONCACAF side and we know it won’t be an easy game and that we’ll have to prepare very well for it. Every game will be a final from now on.