SHANGHAI (AFP) - Germany remained modest after defending their women's World Cup title without conceding a goal, rejecting suggestions they were the best team ever seen.
Unassuming coach Silvia Neid described the amazing run by her team, which clinically dispatched Brazil 2-0 in the final to reach 21 goals with none conceded, as "quite good."
Germany are the first team to win back-to-back World Cups and the only nation not to let in any goals. They have now gone a record 619 minutes without conceding in the tournament.
"We worked together, we stayed tight in defence and we were close to our opponents. There was a will not to let in any goals in this tournament or this game," Neid said.
"It was a team effort. We worked as a team and everybody worked together. Before the game we had an aim that everybody should defend as well as possible.
"The result showed we had 21 goals and none conceded during the tournament. That's quite good."
But Neid denied that Germany, led by the talismanic Birgit Prinz, could now be described as the best team in women's football history.
"In 2003 we had a different team," she said. "We've changed a lot of players and integrated some younger ones.
"I wouldn't say we're the best team, that's going too far."
Unbeaten goalkeeper Nadine Angerer saved a late penalty by seven-goal Brazilian virtuoso Marta to keep her sixth clean sheet of the tournament.
"I watched Marta's penalty against Australia when she went left," Angerer said.
"I thought this time she would go right so I decided to wait as long as possible and it was the right decision."
But the goalkeeper refused to take sole credit for Germany's unblemished record.
"I'm happy about not conceding a goal but this is the result of a team effort," Angerer said.
"It starts up front where Birgit Prinz and Sandra Smisek work for defence and goes through the whole team.
"I'm proud of what we achieved and I'm proud of the whole team."
Germany, ranked second behind the United States, hammered 11 past Argentina in their opening match before being held 0-0 by England and beating Japan 2-0.
They sailed through both their quarter- and semi-final matches 3-0 against North Korea and Norway respectively.
The Germans rode their luck in a first-half onslaught by Brazil before Prinz's typically efficient strike after the break and Simone Laudehr's clincher, after Marta's missed penalty, on 86 minutes.
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