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FIFA Women's World Cup

Quotes: Germany-Sweden

 Head coach Silvia Neid of Germany looks on
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*Silvia Neid, Germany coach
We're overjoyed, right from the first minute we worked very well in thirty-eight degree temperatures. I think we were clearly the better team, we played extremely well against (Sweden's) set pieces, you can't (defend) everything against a team that is that skilled at set pieces, but I thought we were good on our set pieces as well. We tried to keep it simple, and pressure their central defenders. Today, it was important to show a good performance in both halves against a strong performance (by Sweden), and we could not let up because they, of course, provoke set pieces that can lead to goals - we learned that in the Algarve Cup. We just denied them opportunities, and that helped us to the final (4-1) score. We played well, but we are not yet world champions, and we now have to focus on likely France.

*Pia Sundhage, Sweden coach
Germany's a very good team, and they deserve to advance. They are very good at running at people, they trust their runs, not just 1-v-1 but off the ball as well, and they created chances. If you want to win that kind of game, when Germany plays that well, you have to play very well - and we didn't. We had a chance to make it 3-2 late on a breakaway, and it would have been interesting if the chance had gone in. In this tournament, we ended up in a group of death, with three really hard games before playing Germany. I'm really sad at the fact that we didn't advance to the next round, because it means so much to the women's game in Sweden, that's really tough.