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FIFA Women's World Cup

Nigeria-France: Quotes

France's Louisa Necib (L) and Nigeria's Faith Ikidi vie for the ball

Nigeria forward Perpetua Nkwocha
We hadn’t planned to defend as much as we did, but nothing is lost yet. We weren’t intimidated by the number of goals France had scored in their preparation games. We’ll now have to attack more against Germany, and we’ll also have to play more as a team and talk to each other more on the pitch.

France coach Bruno Bini
I told the girls we had three finals to win in this group, so we’ve already won one of them. But I have to say that everyone else will have trouble against Nigeria – they’re a great side. I was really impressed, especially by their defensive midfielders. They surprised me after what I’d seen of their preparation games on video.

France midfielder Louisa Necib
Although it was only 1-0, I think this win was very important, as the opening matches in competitions always are. It’ll give us maximum confidence for what lies ahead. I felt very good in this game and the comparisons with [Zinedine] Zidane make me very happy. I don’t think they can cause me any harm because I’ve been used to them since I was very young.