Sweden coach Thomas Dennerby
We are very satisfied to have reached the semi-finals and that we’ve gained the chance to play at the Olympic Games in London. Up to yesterday we thought our opposing team in the semi-finals was going to be Germany, but now we have to concentrate on winning against Japan. We do not have very good memories of playing against them, but we hope to do better this time. We will work out a promising tactical plan and our players will work hard to go one step further.
Australian coach Tom Sermanni
Sweden played a formidable match, but we are very proud of our efforts as well. Unfortunately we made too many simple mistakes. Even in the half time we were very confident to come back and win the game. But after their last goal it was extremely difficult. Considering the whole tournament, we do have very good and particularly talented players. The biggest disappointment is the fact that we just give to many goals to our opponents. But as I always say, we never give up at any moment.
Sweden forward and player of the match Lotta Schelin
We were a little nervous before we went out, but there is a fantastic atmosphere in our team and we pulled each other through.
Therese Sjorgran, Sweden midfielder
I think we have a good chance to win against Japan. We’ve already played them and we are well prepared. We need to have a good defence because they come through the midfield. It is nice that I scored, but Lotta (Schelin) did a great job, too. I’m very proud though. It doesn’t matter to me if I scored the goal or assisted, the important thing is that we won. We will have to perform well to beat Japan, but we are taller and have to use that to our advantage.
Linda Forsberg, Sweden forward
It was a tough game and they played quite well, but we held them up. We are satisfied now. We just had to keep trying and keep going in the game. It was important that Lotta (Schelin) scored and now is more confident. We now have to take one game at a time and also focus on one game at a time.
Kyah Simon, Australia forward
On the one side, I am disappointed, but on the other side, I am happy about reaching the quarter-finals. But we are hungry for the next tournaments and we will do a better job. Sweden was today the better team and they deserve the semi-finals. It was a great experience for me at my first World Cup and I am looking forward to the next ones. The time was great and I enjoyed it. I am pleased about my own performances too.
Servet Uzunlar, Australia defender
The time in Germany was fantastic and I enjoyed it. Lotta Schelin’s performance was great today and that’s why we struggled, because we didn’t have enough place to buckle up. She is really quick.