Quotes: Spain-Costa Rica

Ignacio Quereda, Spain coach We knew that the Costa Ricans would be highly organised and keep their shape well, defending as a unit and closing the ball down quickly. We tried to attack down the wings as much as possible. I think we controlled the game and created the better chances, but we couldn’t maintain that level of intensity and, more importantly, we failed to take the chances we created. And in a tournament like this one, you pay the price for mistakes like that.

Amalia Valverde, Costa Rica coach It was an extremely intense match. Spain controlled the game but that was to be expected. Our defensive work saved us – we knew that our opponents were dangerous down the flanks and in the air, and the girls did a great job in those areas. Due to some great saves from Dinnia Diaz and our ability to take the one chance that we did get, it almost feels like a victory.