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FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™

Germany-Nigeria: Quotes

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JUNE 30:  Head coach Silvia Neid of Germany shouts during the FIFA Wome
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Silvia Neid, Germany coach
We're in the quarter-finals so we're delighted, though it wasn't a particularly sparkling display. I wasn't pleased at all with our forward play. Our passing wasn't good and neither was our movement. We just kept playing the ball to the other team. It was more of a scrap than a good game of football, but that had a lot to do with the level of expectation upon us. Every team gives 110 per cent against us because we're the reigning world champions. We're still the favourites in this tournaments and that's the way we want it to stay.

Ngozi Uche, Nigeria coach
We proved today that our players have developed technically and in general. They're able to mix it at this level now and are even starting to close the gap on the top teams. With a little more impetus we could even surpass them. We were unfortunate not to take any points from today's game, but of course Germany are a good side. We played well. It was a tough match, but that was because both sides knew how much was at stake.

Annike Krahn, Germany defender
In comparison to the Canada game we were far more compact in defence and midfield. I don't think we had as many poor phases in our play today.