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FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

Quotes: Venezuela-Spain

Head Coach Maria Is of Spain celebrates their third goal
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Kenneth Zseremeta, Venezuela coach *It was a tough match, full of sadness for us, and it's difficult to end our campaign this way after such a great first and second round. I think it could have finished differently for us, but the key to today's defeat was losing the semi-final against the Koreans the way we did. The players never got their spirits up again after that match. In a tough game like this, if you don't hit first and quick, it can end badly for you. It was similar against Korea; in fact, there were a lot of similarities between the two games. If you'd asked me beforehand, I could maybe have seen us losing 1-0, but not like this. No one likes losing in this way. It's doubly tough because we know that we've not only lost the match, but that the tournament top goalscorer award is now gone [for Deyna Castellanos]. But I still wouldn't say this tournament has been a failure for us. Overall, I think we've given a good account ourselves in Jordan. *

*Maria Is, Spain coach *I'm very, very happy - so happy I can barely put my feelings into words. Today, I saw all of the hard work of my girls at this tournament rewarded, and to be among the best three teams in world is a great feeling. As for Lorena [Navarro, scorer of three goals], today was her day. We wanted to give her the opportunity to win the Golden Boot and now I think she has done it and will finish as this tournament's top scorer. I will be very happy if that is the case. We put her on at half-time with the award in mind but also with the aim of helping the team. You always want to win the gold medal but now I've forgotten that disappointment. I feel we had some bad luck in the game against Japan but, as I say, the only feeling we have now is happiness.

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