Quotes Italy vs. Finland


Anton Mirolybov, Finland coach:
"Italy is a very good team, they won in Greece some days ago. They played with great aggressiveness and intensity. Our low percentages  made the difference in the end, although we played a good first half."

Taru Tuukkanen, Finland:
"We played well in the first half of the game but worse in the second and Italy took the lead. Italy is a young team but with a lot of quality. Italy played with determination and aggressiveness. They have a good chance of qualifying to EuroBasket Women 2013."

Roberto Ricchini, Italy coach:
"It is a very important victory. the final result might be decisive if [qualification] comes down to the goal averages. We showed that we are a team with character. Finland stayed close, but we never lowered our levels of intensity. We are already thinking about Latvia, which I think is the strongest team in the group."

Benedetta Bagnara, Italy:
"We started well, then we had some difficulty until halftime. In the second half we managed to stop Tukkannen with Wabara's defense and we got a great advantage. Now we are turning our attention to the game against Latvia; we want to win and qualify."