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Sweden buoyant, Vilda's Spain spirited

"We are a very happy group," said Calle Barrling after Sweden booked their semi-finals place, while Ángel Vilda praised Spain's spirit after an emphatic win ended England's hopes.

Spain coach Ángel Vilda instructs his team from the sidelines
Spain coach Ángel Vilda instructs his team from the sidelines ©Sportsfile

Calle Barrling paid tribute to Elin Rubensson, who scored her third goal in two games to secure Sweden's place in the semi-finals, while Serbia coach Milan Rastavac admitted his side played into their opponents' hands. Spain also progressed in imperious style and coach Ángel Vilda was impressed with their spirit, while England's Mo Marley sounded an upbeat note about the invaluable experience her players have gained.

Milan Rastavac, Serbia coach
Sweden deserved to win. We missed Aleksandra Savanović through illness and we found it difficult to replace her. We gave the ball away far too easily and failed to make the most of our early pressure. This allowed Sweden the opportunity to counterattack; their best weapon.

The girls gave their best and we had a lot of opportunities. The goal we scored was the only one Sweden have conceded since qualification. We have one more match against England, who will be another tough opponent. We will try to play well and develop our style and our players.

Calle Barrling, Sweden coach 
I'm really happy because Serbia are very skillful and difficult to handle. We played them in the autumn and it was a really similar game. We have problems with our defending but still our counterattacks are really effective. But we can score goals in other ways as well. The girls were excellent and didn't stop running for 90 minutes. We held our shape very well too. Our aim is to play Turkey and be happy. I told the players to relax, enjoy and be happy. We are a very happy group.

Elin [Rubensson] is in good form and shape but she gets a lot of service, good crosses. She has scored around 45 international goals since she was 15 and she plays for a top club in Europe. Her movement is great and when she is like that I can see she is in form. But the teamwork is the main thing for all Swedish teams.

Ángel Vilda, Spain coach
I'm really pleased because the team rose to the challenge magnificently against a real superpower of the game like England. I have to give them credit because they've got some very good players and you can see the work their coach has done with them. But of course only one team can win and this time it was Spain's turn. The whole team did their job really capably so I couldn't pick out one player. I would like to highlight the spirit the team played with – it was really impressive.

Before we decide whether we'll make any changes, we'll study the Swedish team and see the best way to tackle them. Now we're just going to relax and spend the next two or three hours celebrating this victory.

Mo Marley, England coach 
Like I said in the opening press conference, we knew we had an inexperienced team, and that the teams we were going to play were top quality. People will look at the scoreline and think it was one-sided, but though they did create more chances than us, there are still a lot of positives we can take from the game. Nobody lacked effort today, everybody covered the ground, it just came down to that little bit of extra quality and unfortunately we didn't have that.

A lot of their girls have experience at different levels of the game, which our girls don't, but one of the positives is we had all our younger girls on the pitch come the end of the match, which is great for them at a tournament like this. It was disappointing for Dan[ielle] Carter that she was ill and couldn't play, but on the plus side it gave one of our younger players the chance to be involved.

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