Quotes: France-Korea Republic
Philippe Bergeroo, France coach We managed to score very early on; my players were in a determined mood right from the outset, from the moment the national anthem was played. We’d put in a lot of tactical work, and we put our opponents under great pressure. We came up short against Colombia, but the great strength of this team is its resolve. This result, on the back of the Mexico victory, is a real confidence boost. We’re glad to be playing Germany, because there have already been surprises in this World Cup – just look at Brazil. We’re happy to be in the quarter-finals. The Germans are the best team in the world according to the FIFA World Ranking, and so we’ll give them all the respect they deserve.
Yoon Dukyeo, Korea Republic coach We conceded two goals very quickly – France put us under a lot of pressure and our defence couldn’t deal with it. They’re a very pacey team, especially Camille Abily, who caused us all sorts of trouble. We gave them too much space. We did as well as we could but it just wasn’t good enough. Ji Soyun didn’t play because she was nursing a knock and didn’t manage to recover in time. The result was important, of course, but my player’s future career is more important. It wasn’t worth taking such a risk.