Quotes: Japan-Switzerland

Norio Sasaki, Japan coach We expected to be put under immense pressure at the start of the match. Although we have the team and style needed for controlled play, we struggled to implement our game plan. We can keep the ball well, and I told my players that they should let it run for as long as possible, but their play was too direct. That’s something I still want to correct.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, Switzerland coach We were lacking something, particularly a little luck and precision, to secure the draw we would have deserved. Although we lost, we’ve got to look ahead and build on what we did well today. We proved that we’re a good side and made it clear how motivated we are, and that’s the most important thing for me. I can’t blame my players at all. Ramona Bachmann was probably most disappointed that she was unable to convert her chances. We already knew she was a fantastic footballer, and now the rest of the world knows too.