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Injuries overshadow Germany victory

Published: Sunday 30 May 2010, 21.07CET
Germany were left to reflect on an "expensive victory" after a 2-1 triumph against England, which sealed top spot in Group A, was marred by injuries to Hasret Kayikci and Laura Vetterlein.
by Wayne Harrison & John Atkin
from Skopje
Injuries overshadow Germany victory
Samantha Chappell (left) vies with Germany goalscorer Turid Knaak ©Sportsfile
Published: Sunday 30 May 2010, 21.07CET

Injuries overshadow Germany victory

Germany were left to reflect on an "expensive victory" after a 2-1 triumph against England, which sealed top spot in Group A, was marred by injuries to Hasret Kayikci and Laura Vetterlein.

Stand-in Germany coach Bettina Wiegmann reflected on an "expensive victory" after a 2-1 triumph against England, which sealed top spot in Group A, was marred by knee injuries to Hasret Kayikci and Laura Vetterlein. England manager Mo Marley was almost happier in defeat, even if she did identify a few things to iron out before the holders meet the Netherlands on Wednesday in the last four. By then Italy and Scotland − who drew 3-3 − will be back home, happier for the experience of these finals.

Bettina Wiegmann, Germany assistant coach
It is an expensive victory because we have two players injured and we don't know if they'll be available again. We're happy about the win − it was hard − but we have to see what happens over the next couple of days. We were very good on the ball in the first half and had some chances. We played deep, won the ball and played nicely on the counter. We wanted to win this game, to get first in the group, and we did that. France will be a good game – two teams who like to play football.

Mo Marley, England manager
I told my two debutants today [Drew Spence and Samantha Chappell] what an opportunity it is to make your debut against Germany in a European Championship finals – it's every players' dream. It's now about knowing what we've got to do, recognising what we have to tidy up and improve on, but I'm pleased with the application and the mindset. It could have been a game where everyone stopped but clearly they were all trying to win. I was disappointed with the way we conceded but we responded well – you've got to have that little bit of quality which we found late on against Italy and which we had a bit here, but not enough.

Corrado Corradini, Italy coach
It's down to a lack of experience [surrendering a 3-1 lead]. I'm not very happy because we contributed to our own downfall, particularly against Germany. I can't take any positives from the tournament; we lacked experience because we have a lot of young players. They will develop, though.

Shelley Kerr, Scotland coach
It was two set pieces that cost us in the first half. We weren't that disappointed with the way the team were playing, just the way we conceded the goals. Again we've been consistent in conceding right after we score; that's something, hopefully through experience, that we can get better at. It's been a great journey [the whole campaign] for all the girls. You only have to look at the result today. We played Italy back in September and lost 2-0 but now we more than showed that we're a match. To come from 3-1 down against a quality side showed how much this team has developed.

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