Sweden cruise past Thailand to make Women’s World Cup last 16


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Nice (France) (AFP) – Sweden cruised into the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday after comfortably seeing off Thailand 5-1 to move top of Group F.

Peter Gerhardsson’s side are three points ahead of tournament favourites the USA, who take on Chile later on Sunday in Paris, after a routine win that however saw emotional scenes when Kanjana Sung-Ngoen scored a late consolation goal for the Thais.

Linda Sembrant and Kosovare Asllani put the Swedes two up after 19 minutes with Fridolina Rolfo rifling a long-range finish three minutes before the break.

Lina Hurtig headed home at the end of a flowing move with nine minutes left before the Thais, reeling from a humiliating record 13-0 defeat to the Americans in their opening match, restored pride through captain Sung-Ngoen’s drilled near post finish.

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Sarri takes charge at Juventus after leaving Chelsea


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Milan (AFP) – Maurizio Sarri was named new coach of Juventuson Sunday after his exit from Chelsea following a troubled single campaign in London was confirmed by both clubs.

Sarri returns to Italy on a three-year deal just a season after leaving Napoli for Stamford Bridge, where he failed to garner fan support despite winning the Europa League and returning the Blues to the Champions League thanks to a third-placed finish in the Premier League.

“Maurizio Sarri has returned to Italy, where he has coached for the majority of his career. And from today, he will take over the reins at Juventus with a contract until June 30, 2022,” Juventus said in a statement.

The Europa League win last month was Sarri’s first major trophy as a coach, but he will be expected to deliver far more in Turin.

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Pogba says ‘timing right’ for summer United exit


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Tokyo (AFP) – Paul Pogba has given the strongest indication yet that he wants to leave Manchester United this summer to seek a “new challenge”.

The French World Cup winner rejoined United from Juventus for a then world record £89 million ($112 million) fee three years ago, but has largely failed to live up to expectations.

Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid or a return to Juventus with United having failed to qualify for the Champions League next season.

“There is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking,” the 26-year-old told reporters in Tokyo on Sunday.

“I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great — some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody and like everywhere else.

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Pogba looking for new challenge away from Man Utd


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London (AFP) – Paul Pogba has given a strong indication that he wants to leave Manchester United this summer to seek a “new challenge”.

The French World Cup winner rejoined United from Juventus for a then world record £89 million ($112 million) fee three years ago, but has largely failed to live up to expectations.

Pogba has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid or even a return to Juventus with United having failed to qualify for the Champions League next season.

“For me I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else,” Pogba was quoted as telling reporters in Tokyo by The Guardian on Sunday. 

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Colombia beat Argentina in opening game


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Messi’s national team jinx made its presence felt again.Colombia,who had not beaten Argentina in the last 12 years,did so quite convincingly in the opening game. A 2 – 0 win left Messi still searching for the magic that deserts him every time he plays for his country. Highlights.

David double as Canada rout Martinique


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Los Angeles (AFP) – Canada kicked off the CONCACAF Gold Cup with an emphatic win over Martinique on Saturday, outclassing the Caribbean minnows 4-0 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California.

Two goals from Belgium-based forward Jonathan David set the Canadians on the way to a straightforward three points in Group A before strikes from Junior Hoilett and Scott Arfield boosted the scoreline.

Canada — the only team to break Mexico and the United States’s dominance of the Gold Cup since the tournament was rebooted in 1991 — were always in control against Martinique, an overseas region of France who are not members of FIFA.

But it took a blunder from Martinique goalkeeper Loic Chauvet and midfielder Daniel Herelle to give Canada the breakthrough on 33 minutes.

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Messi ‘bitter’ as Colombia stun Argentina


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Salvador (Brazil) (AFP) – Lionel Messi said his team was feeling bitter after Argentina lost their opening Copa America match 2-0 to Colombia despite dominating the second half.

Goals from Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata in the final 20 minutes gave Colombia their first tournament victory over Argentina in 20 years as Messi’s hopes of finally landing a major international tournament after losing in four finals suffered a serious blow.

“We leave here feeling bitter,” said Messi following the Group B clash in Salvador.

“In the second half we had our chances.”

One of the best of those fell to the 31-year-old Barcelona icon but he headed wide after Colombia’s goalkeeper David Ospina got down quickly to push out a header from center-back Nicolas Otamendi.

But although Argentina dominated possession and created more chances in the second period, they rarely caused Ospina any serious concerns.

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Namibia warn Group D giants: ‘Even small dogs have teeth’


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Johannesburg (AFP) – The assumption is that former champions the Ivory Coast, Morocco and South Africa will wage a private war in Group D at the Africa Cup of Nations with Namibia helpless onlookers.

But Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti questions that belief ahead of the June 21-July 19 tournament in Egypt.

“I would like to remind the big boys that even small dogs have teeth,” warned the former national team midfielder.

Namibia have met all their Group D rivals before at the Cup of Nations without success — conceding five goals against Morocco and four each against the Ivory Coast and South Africa. 

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A captain named Desire: Nigeria skipper relishes France showdown


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Rennes (France) (AFP) – For Nigeria captain Desire Oparanozie, her country’s meeting with hosts France at the women’s World Cup on Monday will be like playing on “home soil”.

“I’m excited playing in France and playing against France as well. I will have a couple of my friends in the French team,” the 25-year-old tells AFP.

This is her third World Cup, and it has a special flavour given she plays her club football in France for Guingamp.

Monday’s match, which is crucial for Nigeria as they seek to join France in the last 16, will be played not far from Guingamp, in Rennes.

“When you’re playing against the host nation, you’re not just playing against 11 players, you’re playing against the crowd,” warned Oparanozie, who helped her team to a 2-0 win over South Korea on Wednesday to claim their first points in Group A.

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From superstar to psychologist: Prinz helping Germany’s new generation


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Berlin (AFP) – There was a time when Birgit Prinz was the undisputed superstar of the German women’s national team. These days, the 41-year-old prefers to work in the shadows.

Prinz was both captain and star striker when Germany won back-to-back World Cups in 2003 and 2007, but now she is taking a backroom role as team psychologist. 

The one-time superstar has steered clear of media attention as Germany have reached the knockout stages with 1-0 wins over China and Spain in the opening week of the World Cup. 

Where once she led the line for her country, she is now tasked with ensuring that Germany’s young side are mentally prepared to challenge for their first World Cup title since Prinz’s second triumph in 2007.

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Where to find USA vs. Chile Women’s World Cup on US TV and streaming


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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch USA vs. Chile in the Women’s World Cup, you’ve come to the right place.

You can watch all of the action from the 2019 Women’s World Cup on a variety of different TV stations and streaming platforms. We’ve included all of the info you need at your fingertips below.

Match: USA vs. Chile
Kickoff: Sunday, Noon ET
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Who: USA vs. Chile
What: Women’s World Cup
When: Game kicks off at Noon ET / 3pm PT; Sunday, June 16, 2019
Where: Live on FOX, Telemundo, fuboTV, Hulu Live

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Colombia’s Martinez and Zapata stun Messi’s Argentina at Copa


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Salvador (Brazil) (AFP) – Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata put a dent in Lionel Messi’s hopes of finally landing a major international title as Colombia began their Copa America campaign with a 2-0 win over Argentina on Saturday.

Martinez struck a stunning opener on 72 minutes and fellow substitute Zapata sealed the win three minutes from the end after Argentina had dominated the second half of this Group B encounter in Salvador.

On paper at least, this promised a thrilling attacking spectacle between two star-studded forward lines.

For Argentina, five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi was joined by Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria, while Colombia could count on James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado.

But it was two players who began the game on the bench that took the chance to steal the headlines.

It was a fast and furious opening that proved too helter skelter to produce any Continue reading “Colombia’s Martinez and Zapata stun Messi’s Argentina at Copa”

Netherlands and Canada cement second-round places, USA poised to join them


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Valenciennes (France) (AFP) – The Netherlands and Canada ensured they would finish in the top two in Group E of the women’s World Cup with victories and on Sunday the United States and Sweden can join them if they win in Group F.

In Valenciennes on Saturday, Vivianne Miedema became the all-time Dutch women’s record goal-scorer with a brace as the Netherlands saw off a spirited Cameroon 3-1 to secure a place in the last 16.

Miedema’s goals came either side of a close-range Dominique Bloodworth strike for the European champions in Valenciennes, with Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene netting for Cameroon.

Canada then laid siege to the New Zealand goal with 22 total strikes in Grenoble, 11 of them on target and scored with goals from Jessie Fleming after 48 minutes and Nichelle Prince 30 minutes later.

Miedema’s double means the 22-year-old forward already has 60 international goals, making her the Continue reading “Netherlands and Canada cement second-round places, USA poised to join them”

VAR denies Peru in stalemate with 10-man Venezuela


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Porto Alegre (Brazil) (AFP) – Ten-man Venezuela held on following the dismissal of Luis Mago to claim a 0-0 draw with Peru, who had two goals chalked off by VAR, in their opening Copa America match on Saturday.

The point left the two sides joint second in Group A behind hosts Brazil, who kicked off the tournament on Friday night with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bolivia.

Peru had the better of the match at a near empty Gremio Arena in Porto Alegre but were twice denied victory after offside decisions taken following consultation with the video assistant referee.

As expected for an early tournament match it was a cagey affair, although Venezuela’s Wuilker Farinez got the pulses racing at times with some erratic goalkeeping.

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Canada beat New Zealand to reach women’s World Cup second round


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Grenoble (France) (AFP) – Canada beat New Zealand 2-0 in a women’s World Cup Group E game in Grenoble on Saturday to cement a place in the second round and leave the Kiwis on the brink of elimination.

Earlier in Valenciennes, the Netherlands saw off a spirited Cameroon 3-1 to also move to six points in the group and secure their place in the last 16.

Canada had beaten Cameroon 1-0 in their opening game while New Zealand had battled hard before losing to an injury-time Dutch goal.

On Saturday, Canada again dominated and bombarded the New Zealand goal with 22 total strikes, 11 of them on target. 

The Canadians took the lead after 48 minutes.

Nichelle Prince raced down the left wing, where the New Zealand defence had struggled even before right back C.J. Bott went off injured in the 17th minute. 

Prince cut in along the Continue reading “Canada beat New Zealand to reach women’s World Cup second round”

USA vs. Chile preview: World’s attention turns to USWNT after Thailand escapades


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        The USWNT got their Women&rsquo;s World Cup title defense off to a flying start with a 13-0 drubbing of Thailand on Monday.  The nature of the beatdown sparked much debate among, not just the soccer media, but among the general sports media as well.  Topics of the debate ranged from should the US have scored as much as they did to should they have continued celebrating the way they did.  The answer to both questions from the players was a resounding yes.  As is the case in any sport, there&rsquo;s always somebody out there who makes the &ldquo;better save some for the next game&rdquo; joke when a high margin of victory is attained.  And the next game for the US is against Chile. 

        There&rsquo;s not too terribly much more to say about the US win against Thailand.  It was complete and total domination from start to finish.  Alex Morgan dropped <!--more--> goals, while Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis chipped in with two apiece.  Lindsay Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh, and of course Carli Lloyd all got in on the party as well.  One point of contention is that during the Thailand game the US should have subbed out their best players and brought on their &ldquo;weaker&rdquo; players.  Jill Ellis attempted to do that as she used all three of her subs before the 70th minute, but it must say something about the embarrassment of riches the US has when the three subs that come in are Carli Lloyd, Christen Press, and Mallory Pugh.  In any case, none of the players or coaches are apologizing for winning big, no should they be.  Their job is to put themselves in the best position possible to win the title.  A 13-0 win certainly goes a long way towards that.  The next team in their way is Chile. 

        Chile is making their debut at the Women&rsquo;s World Cup.  It&rsquo;s actually quite the remarkable story because not only is this their first time at this tournament, but they have also never qualified for the Olympics.  Being drawn into a group with Sweden and the US is certainly a tough way to be introduced to a major international tournament.  Part of the reason for the lack of big time tournament appearances is the fact that the Chilean federation didn&rsquo;t schedule a sing game for the team from October 2014 until May 2017, a long enough gap that FIFA decided to list the team as no longer active.  The fact that they made it to France at all (as runners-up of the 2018 Copa America Femenina) is a miracle in itself.  Given that they went nearly three years without playing a game, most of the roster is relatively inexperienced at the international level.  Only one player has at least 60 caps (goalkeeper Christiane Endler) and only two players have scored 10 or more goals (Francisca Lara and Maria Rojas).  Their form coming into this game is not good.  They are winless so far in 2019 and have lost four of their last five (scoring just one goal in that time).  In their opening game against Sweden they gave a good account of themselves and were level with the Swedes at 0-0 with less than 10 minutes to play before the quality of the European side finally broke through with Kosovare Asllani getting the winner in the 83rd minute and then Madelen Janogy putting the game to bet in added time. 

Notes:

1. Monday’s win by the US was the largest in Women’s World Cup history, breaking the previous record of 11-0 held by Germany over Argentina in 2007.

2. Alex Morgan currently leads the way for the Golden Boot (top scorer of the tournament) with five goals.

3. The Group F standings are as follows: USA (3 pts, +13 GD), Sweden (3 pts, +2 GD), Chile (0 pts, -2 GD), Thailand (0 pts, -13 GD)

When and where to watch the game on US TV and streaming

Sunday, June 16, 2019
Parc des Princes
Paris, France
12pm ET
Live on FOX, Telemundo, fuboTV, Hulu Live and PlayStation Vue (free trial)

All-Time Series

USA leads 2-0-0

Last Meeting

September 4, 2018
Avaya Stadium
San Jose, CA
USA 4-0 Chile

Current FIFA Ranking

USA: 1
Chile: 39

Next Game

Women’s World Cup
Thursday, June 20, 2019
USA vs. Sweden
Stade Ocean
Le Harve, France
3pm ET
FOX, Telemundo

‘Exuberant celebrations are part of a World Cup’ – US coach Ellis brushes off criticism


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Paris (AFP) – United States coach Jill Ellis insists her team’s allegedly over-exuberant goal celebrations in their record demolition of hapless Thailand at the women’s World Cup were nothing to do with humiliating their opponents and all about pride from “years and years of hard work”.

The holders began their defence of the trophy by trouncing Thailand on Tuesday, scoring 10 second-half goals on the way to a 13-0 victory, a record for the biggest win at a World Cup.

Criticism of the Americans’ celebrations was widespread, with former Canada international Kaylyn Kyle labelling them “disgraceful” in her role as a television analyst.

But Ellis defended her team and her own reactions, citing the example of Carli Lloyd, the 36-year-old veteran star of the 2015 final win over Japan who came off the bench against Thailand to score the last goal.

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Miedema makes history as Netherlands clinch last 16 berth at World Cup


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Valenciennes (France) (AFP) – Vivianne Miedema became her country’s all-time record goal-scorer with a brace as the Netherlands saw off a spirited Cameroon 3-1 on Saturday to secure a place in the last 16 of the women’s World Cup.

Miedema’s goals came either side of a close-range Dominique Bloodworth strike for the European champions in Valenciennes, with Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene netting for Cameroon.

The Netherlands have won two out of two in Group E and their place in the knockout rounds is therefore secure before they take on Canada in Reims next week.

Miedema’s double means the 22-year-old forward already has 60 international goals, making her the all-time top scorer for the Netherlands women’s side.

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Netherlands see off Cameroon to clinch last 16 berth at World Cup


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Valenciennes (France) (AFP) – Vivianne Miedema scored twice as the Netherlands saw off a spirited Cameroon 3-1 on Saturday to secure a place in the last 16 of the women’s World Cup.

Miedema’s goals came either side of a close-range Dominique Bloodworth strike for the European champions in Valenciennes, with Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene netting for Cameroon.

The Netherlands have won two out of two in Group E and their place in the knockout rounds is therefore secure before they take on Canada in Reims next week.

Sarina Wiegman’s team were helped by a huge Dutch support which turned the Stade du Hainaut into a sea of orange, with around 15,000 fans expected in the northern French town which lies only a two-hour drive across Belgium from the southern Netherlands.

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Netherlands see off Cameroon to clinch last 16 berth at World Cup


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Valenciennes (France) (AFP) – Vivianne Miedema scored twice as the Netherlands saw off a spirited Cameroon 3-1 on Saturday to secure a place in the last 16 of the women’s World Cup.

Miedema’s goals came either side of a close-range Dominique Bloodworth strike for the European champions in Valenciennes, with Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene netting for Cameroon.

The Netherlands have won two out of two in Group E and their place in the knockout rounds is therefore secure before they take on Canada in Reims next week.

Sarina Wiegman’s team were helped by a huge Dutch support which turned the Stade du Hainaut into a sea of orange, with around 15,000 fans expected in the northern French town which lies only a two-hour drive across Belgium from the southern Netherlands.

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