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FIFA Women's World Cup

Quotes: Australia-Sweden

Australian Matildas head coach Alen Stajcic
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*Alen Stajcic, Australia coach *
I’m obviously very proud of the team. I read a lot of reports before the tournament and I don’t think one predicted us to progress. The first ten minutes was fantastic, and then we lost some composure for a while. A tough game and not a pretty one to watch perhaps, but this gives us so much belief that we can take on the best and beat them in the knockout rounds. Any team that comes up against will have a fight on their hands.

*Pia Sundhage, Sweden coach *
I’m very disappointed that we only got one point. We started badly and although we bounced back it was enough. We didn’t lose (in the group), and we scored four goals but we didn’t do enough to win the group. I said before the matches we have four very good teams and that proved to be the case. We had the hardest group and didn’t lose but at the end of the day it wasn’t enough.