France and Nigeria coaches and players have been impressed with the crowd that watched the first game of the 2011 Women's World Cup.
"It was incredibly impressive. We are not used to playing in front of such an impressive crowd," said French midfielder Louisa Necib of the sold-out capacity crowd of 25,475 at Sinsheim's Rhein Neckar Arena.
"We don't usually play in circumstances like this. It was a real pleasure," said Marie-Laurie Delie, who scored the only goal in France's 1-0 win over Nigeria.
"There were a lot of people in the stadium. There were a lot of French, and that was very moving, for the players and for everyone else as well," added France coach Bruno Bini.
Nigeria's coach Ngozi Uche was also impressed with the crowd - as well as the other surroundings.
"It was fantastic, the weather, the crowd, the pitch," said Uche.
"I think a lot of work was done for this championship. I appreciate that very much."
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