Quotes: Japan-Netherlands

Norio Sasaki, Japan coach There were some close moments in the match. We tried to finish every attack with a shot, and that was perhaps the key to our win. We were consistently able to shift play from one side to the other and covered a lot of ground. We controlled the game by playing out from a strong defence. The Netherlands pushed forward quickly, and we’ve got great respect for that. Australia are technically strong. We’ve never lost to them since I’ve been coach, but they have immense potential nonetheless.

Roger Reijners, Netherlands coach We started well, but after conceding the first goal our passing lost some of its sharpness and we lost the ball too many times in attack; the final pass didn’t reach its target. We defended well. Things got better in the second half, and it was frustrating that two of our chances were cleared off the line. We tried everything in the closing stages and made some changes, but it wasn’t enough. Losing to a very strong opponent like that is no bad thing. I’m proud of my team and the way they stepped up at such a big tournament, even though we can learn some lessons from today’s match. In general we’ve performed well here at the Women’s World Cup. Our aim was to qualify for the Olympic Games but we didn’t manage it, so naturally we’re disappointed about that too.