Final tournament - Group stage (Group B) - 27/08/2009 - 16:30CET (17:30 local time) - Tampere Stadium - Tampere
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France - Germany 1-5 - 27/08/2009 - Match page - UEFA Women's EURO 2009

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Neid tells Germany to maintain focus

Published: Thursday 27 August 2009, 19.40CET
Germany coach Silvia Neid is adamant her in-form Germany side must not allow complacency to creep in despite her side's fine 5-1 victory against France taking them through as Group B winners.
by Barry Johnston
from Tampere Stadium
Neid tells Germany to maintain focus
Silvia Neid enjoys victory with Nadine Angerer ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FranceGermany

Goals scored1
 
5
Attempts on target7
 
10
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners3
 
5
Fouls committed15
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B(Host country: Finland)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Germany Germany22009186
France France210146-23
Norway Norway210114-33
Iceland Iceland200214-30
Last updated: 19/04/2013 10:40 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Thursday 27 August 2009, 19.40CET

Neid tells Germany to maintain focus

Germany coach Silvia Neid is adamant her in-form Germany side must not allow complacency to creep in despite her side's fine 5-1 victory against France taking them through as Group B winners.

Coach Silvia Neid has warned the greatest threat to Germany defending their UEFA European Women's Championship title could be complacency, despite her side's resounding 5-1 victory against Group B rivals France taking them into the quarter-finals with a game to spare as pool winners. In the opposing camp, Bruno Bini is adamant the defeat will not force him to rethink his team's technical philosophy.

Silvia Neid, Germany coach
There were a couple of occasions in the match where France opened us up, due to lack of concentration. We can still do better and the players believe that too. We scored two goals early on so it's only natural that the players eased off a little later in the game. We've played two games and already qualified for the quarter-finals which is a great achievement But, it doesn't mean we're invincible. If we lose our concentration, we could slip up against Iceland, Sweden, England. It's not as easy as it looks. The Norway game could have been 1-1 in the end. We have a nice problem in that we can change things as we don't have the pressure of having to win the game. It could be a good opportunity to give some other players a chance.

Linda Bresonik, Germany midfielder & Carlsberg Player of the Match
I think we did really well again today. We created a lot of chances and I think our performance today was even better than against Norway. I felt confident, there were some other players who wanted to take the penalty as well, but I got my hands on the ball first and I'm happy to have scored.

Bruno Bini, France coach
I am convinced that technical football is the only way to win against Germany. Nothing I have seen today changes that opinion, or the way I ask my team to play. When you see what our girls did between the 42nd minute and the 80th minute, it shows what we are capable of. But goals changed the game; we conceded five times and, if you do that, it's not easy to win. We had some opportunities, but three centimetres made the difference between success and failure. After winning the first game against Iceland, we still had two finals to play and we have lost the first one against Germany. Now we have to win our second final. At the end of the dance, you have to pay the fiddler, we know we still have one more dance in this competition and we hope it's not our last.

Last updated: 27/08/09 21.40CET

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