Peter thrilled by Germany response
Sunday, 31 July 2011
Ralf Peter said his Germany team "could have scored one or two more" in their comprehensive third-place play-off defeat of Iceland, whose coach was positive despite the heavy loss.
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Germany coach Ralf Peter was pleased with how his players reacted to their semi-final penalty shoot-out disappointment by defeating Iceland 8-2 in the UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship third-place play-off.
Hat-tricks from Lina Magull and Annabel Jäger, as well as efforts from Sara Däbritz and Melanie Leupolz, helped Germany return to winning ways in style at the Stade Colovray, while Telma Thrastadróttir and substitute Aldís Kara Lúdvíksdóttir scored Iceland's first goals at this stage of the competition.
Despite his side having suffered two heavy defeats in Nyon, Iceland coach Thorlákur Árnason recognised the major strides his charges have taken over the course of the season.
Ralf Peter, Germany coach
I said to the team before the game that we had not been able to reach our ultimate goal of winning the title, so we had to set ourselves a new objective: to finish with the bronze medal, because that is also something special. The message got through and the players achieved that objective in a very good fashion.
We played well over long periods and could have scored one or two more goals. We also showed that we could have reached the final − we have the qualities. We've showed we deserved to be in the final round again, and that we are capable of playing good football. Several of our players demonstrated they have a good future ahead of them. The players now go to the U19s − apart from Sara Däbritz, who can still play with the U17s − and they will be soon playing their first international match at that level.
Thorlákur Árnason, Iceland coach
I changed the team to take out players that I felt didn't play to their potential in the semi-final and also to give others a chance to experience tournament football. We have always given players a chance to play because this is all about development.
We played much better than against Spain [a 4-0 defeat]. We saw glimpses of football from us that we didn't see on Thursday. Germany are a much stronger team − in my opinion, the best team in the tournament. It's a shame because they never really opened us up that much; the goals we conceded were mainly from set pieces or long-range shots.
Our centre-halves, Írunn Aradóttir and Glódís Perla Viggosdóttir, played well today, as did Telma Thrastadróttir, one of our goalscorers. Goalkeeper Unnbjorg Jona Omarsdottir saved us on a lot of occasions too. She had some problems with the high ball – we knew she would – but she was brave and, after all, it was her international debut.