Peter Dedevbo, Nigeria coach
I took this team when they were U17s in 2010, and at the U-17 World Cups in 2010 and 2012, we lost in the quarter-finals. Now that jinx is broken. We've made it to the semi-finals. I was not scared before the game because I know that, with the quality we have, this team would qualify. Scoring early changes the character of the team, it’s very good for the confidence, and then you play better and in a more relaxed way. I’m very satisfied with what we achieved, and now I'm ready for North Korea. I know their team, I know their coach, and I want to beat them at all costs.
Aaron McFarland, New Zealand coach
It was a big challenge because we don’t often get to play against teams with the quality Nigeria possess. We knew we were the underdogs, and with the pace and the physicality they brought to the game, we couldn’t compete at their level. Conceding an early goal was a turning point as it kills the team's confidence. But we showed a different attitude in the second half, and we had nothing to lose. Reaching the quarter-finals is a massive achievement, it’s a first for New Zealand at a Women's World Cup, and this defeat doesn’t take anything away from what this team has achieved.