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FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™

Japan - New Zealand: Quotes

Yuki Nagasato (2nd L) of Japan celebrates with her team mates after scoring
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*Japan coach Norio Sasaki
It was a very tough game. New Zealand had a lot of chances and the final score could have been anything, but I thought our standard was higher in the second half. We’re still making a lot of mistakes and we have to put that right, especially all those missed chances in the final half an hour.

New Zealand coach John Herdman *
It was a good match for the crowd. The Japanese team dazzled everybody, as per usual, particularly in the final 20 minutes after Iwabuchi came on. She’s a wonderful player. We tried to come out of it with at least a point, but Japan don’t give up that easily. Still, I’m proud of my players.