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England frustrated, Spain expect better

Mo Marley bemoaned England's lack of composure in a 1-0 defeat against Sweden, while Spain coach Ángel Vilda still wants improvement despite his side beating Serbia 3-0 in Group B.

Sweden players celebrate
Sweden players celebrate ©Sportsfile

Calle Barrling was full of admiration for his players as he reflected on Sweden's "deserved" victory against Group B hopefuls England, while Spain coach Ángel Vilda sounded an ominous warning that the best is yet to come despite a commanding 3-0 victory against debutants Serbia.

Calle Barrling, Sweden coach 
What impressed me the most was the way Sweden played. We worked hard together and tactically we were excellent. We deserved to win because we created more chances and we played together as a team. Everyone carried out their roles superbly. I thought it was going to be a very tight game, but it was very open. They started very well, but lost their way a bit in the second half. I'm very pleased to have started with a win against a team like England, because I really think they're a good side. Our next game [against Serbia] will be a very tough match. We beat them back in the autumn but they've learned a lot of lessons since then.

Mo Marley, England coach 
Obviously, the penalty was a turning point. We found it really difficult after that. We found it really tough to break them down and maybe lost a bit of belief. Given the opportunities we had, we're disappointed we didn't get anything from the game. After the penalty, we didn't really show enough quality to get something, but I feel that before the penalty we created enough opportunities to have won the game. At this level you simply have to be clinical – you normally only get one or two chances, you don't get a handful, so to be competitive and be the best you got to have that cutting edge.

Ángel Vilda, Spain coach
It was a very difficult match, but first of all I want to congratulate Serbia because they made it tough for us all the way through. I thought that both teams performed well but the difference was that we were more clinical. We hope that we can continue to improve. Traditionally, we are a team that improves with every game, but now we are going to face two teams that are extremely strong physically and we are going to see if we can find a way to combat that physical factor. The only way that I think we can do that is by using our technical ability and strict organisation.

Milan Rastavac, Serbia coach 
We lacked coherence and it was noticeable that our players were daunted by the atmosphere, the importance of the match and the standard of competition. In the second half, we began to create chances but were unable to finish them off. Having analysed Spain's qualification matches, I realised it would be very hard to break them down but it was encouraging to see the team compete. This should hold us in good stead for the next two matches. We have a good chance to progress if we can replicate our second-half performance.