"We restrained their three-pointers quite well, but didn't do enough on guarding against their fast breaks," said Henan coach Li Jianxin, while expressing his appreciation towards his players' team spirit.
Two years later, when Wang was all set to climb up the ladder and make it into the national youth team, she was held back by injuries.
Regarding the notable absences of some players from both teams, Godin added that "we are not going to hide that we have very important absences who are benchmarks for the national team, but we have a lot of new teammates who are coming with freshness, desire, enthusiasm."
Michy Batshuayi of Belgium shoots during a friendly match between Belgium and Cote d'Ivoire at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)
"We didn't execute as we prepared for. Some players didn't respond well," rued Shandong coach Luka Sjekloca. Enditem
Pundits and media speak about the four-time world champion no longer being a top-class international team.
"I felt tired, but I had no complaint about it," she said.
After a disappointing draw in the friendly against Turkey, Joachim Loew's team seems to have lost the nimbus of a team standing for commitment and efficiency.
"The players don't seem worried, because unfortunately it is a situation that will last for a while. We'd all like things to be different and to be able to play with fans in the ground, but we can't be worried, even though we all want this to be resolved as soon as possible," said the coach in his pre-game press conference.
Liu's demonstration video spread to local TV stations and outdoor screens, which brought her incredible joy.
"Peru are a solid team with some great players. It's going to be difficult to play them there [in Lima]," Firmino told a virtual news conference on Saturday.