France-USA: Quotes
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Bruno Bini, France coach
I’m proud of my players. Life’s still beautiful because today we earned the right to fight for third place, which is amazing when you consider nobody was talking about us two months ago. We came close to winning. The team were nearly there, but the goal didn’t come and you just have accept it.

Abby Wambach, USA forward and Player of the Match
First of all I’d like to thank the French team. They’re a fantastic side with an amazing attack. It was a great game and a privilege to play against them today. We stuck together out there. We stayed strong and we kept going when things got tough. In the dressing room I said to [Lauren] Cheney: ‘When we have a corner send the ball to the far post and we’ll score’. Her delivery was exceptional. I was so close to the post I thought I was going to bang my head against it, but luckily I made contact with the ball. I couldn’t be more excited, proud or happy.

Pia Sundhage, USA coach
We didn’t play well today. France played well. But the team found a way to win and that’s the great thing about being the coach of this team. I made some tactical errors today, but my coaching staff gave me a hand and switched the midfield around just when France were playing their best football.