Women’s World Cup 2019: Carli Lloyd stars as USA ease past Chile, Sweden tear Thailand to shreds

16 Jun

All 24 teams at the Women’s World Cup 2019 have played two group matches following Sunday’s action.

Below you can read about how Sweden did against minnows Thailand as well as how pre-tournament favourites USA performed against Chile.

USA Women 3-0 Chile Women

Record-breaker Carli Lloyd scored twice and missed a penalty as the United States overpowered Chile 3-0 in Paris to reach the Women’s World Cup last-16.

Lloyd broke a World Cup record during the victory over Chile
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Lloyd became the first player to score in six successive World Cup games as she put the dominant US into a deserved lead after 11 minutes at Parc des Princes before Julie Ertz doubled the lead.

Lloyd grabbed her second 10 minutes before the break and twice went close to scoring a hat-trick in the second half as she headed against the bar and fired a spot-kick wide.

The US, who won their tournament opener against Thailand 13-0, might also have won their second Group F match by another lopsided scoreline but for a fine display by Chile’s goalkeeper.

Lloyd missed a golden opportunity to get a third when she put her second-half penalty wide
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Christiane Endler was excellent throughout and produced stunning saves in the second half to deny Christen Press twice and thwart Lindsey Horan.

Chile did have the ball in the net when the score was 1-0 but it was ruled out for a clear offside against Carla Guerrero.

Chile also had a justifiable grievance over the awarding of the corner that led to Ertz’s headed second but the South Americans were generally outclassed.

Sweden Women 5-1 Thailand Women

Sweden sealed their place in the last-16 of the Women’s World Cup with a dominant victory over Thailand.

Thailand went into the game having begun their World Cup campaign with the humiliating loss to the USA, but were far more competitive this time.

However, they were still no match for the Swedes, who were better in every department.

Sweden march onto the knockout stages
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Linda Sembrant’s header from close range broke the deadlock on six minutes while Kosovare Asllani doubled their lead.

Fridolina Rolfo’s powerful effort made it 3-0 before half-time before Lina Hurtig added to their advantage.

Thailand rallied on though and got their reward when captain Kanjana Sung-Ngoen scored their first goal of the tournament.

But Sweden weren’t done and Elin Rubensson completed the rout with an emphatic penalty which was awarded by the video assistant referee following Natthakarn Chinwong’s handball.

Thailand celebrate their first goal of the tournament
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Who will in the 2019 Women’s World Cup? Super Computer predicts which team will lift the trophy in France this year

7 Jun

The 2019 Women’s World Cup gets under way on Friday night as hosts France take on South Korea.

You can listen to extended coverage of the tournament live on talkSPORT, including live commentary of every England and Scotland match.

England’s women are among the favourites for glory in France
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Phil Neville’s Lionesses are aiming to do better than their male counterparts once again and reach the final having won this year’s SheBelieves Cup.

The likes of Steph Houghton, Fran Kirby, and Lucy Bronze will be doing all they can across the Channel but will be wary of some familiar foes in Group D.

Scotland have reached their first ever World Cup and with stars like Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert in their squad they have the potential to cause a stir, with Japan and Argentina also up against them.

United States are looking to retain the trophy following their victory over Japan in 2015 but won’t have things their own way with France, Germany, and the Netherlands among the favourites, along with England, Japan, and Australia.

But who will win the biggest tournament in world sport this summer?

talkSPORT.com has input the latest data into its trusty Super Computer and have had the results delivered.

You can see who qualify from each group below and the how the knockout stages will pan out.

This is how the Super Computer predicted the qualifiers from the Group Stages.

Round of 16

Norway 1-1 Italy – Norway win on penalties

England 2-1 New Zealand

France 3-1 Brazil

Can France claim victory on home soil?
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Spain 1-4 United States

Australia 3-2 South Korea

Netherlands 2-1 Japan

The Dutch will be looking to build on their European Championships win two years ago
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Germany 2-0 Scotland

Sweden 1-2 Canada (After Extra-Time)

Canada have legendary 281-cap star Christine Sinclair among their ranks
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Quarter-finals

Norway 1-2 England

France 2-3 United States

Australia 1-2 Netherlands

Germany 2-0 Canada

Germany were semi-finalists back in 2015
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Semi-finals

England 1-3 United States

Netherlands 3-2 Germany

Final

United States 3-2 Netherlands (After Extra-Time)

The talkSPORT Super Computer reckons United States are set to win the World Cup in France
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Women’s World Cup 2019: The stars to watch in France including Alex Morgan and Marta

4 Jun

The Women’s World Cup kicks off on Friday as hosts France take on South Korea in Paris.

talkSPORT will have live coverage of every single England and Scotland game being brought to you LIVE across the talkSPORT network.

The United States will be hoping to retain their crown in France
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Our coverage in France will be led by Natalie Sawyer – presenter of talkSPORT’s Kick Off show and The Times’ The Game podcast.

There will be further coverage of the tournament, including the opening game, both semi-finals, and the final.

Commentaries will be shared across talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2, as we capture all the colour from France, analysis of the action and build-up to the biggest ever event in women’s football.

Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg will unfortunately not be in attendance. The Norway and Lyon star has continued to stay away from international in protest at the state of women’s football in her country.

Ada Hegerberg was asked to twerk at the Ballon d’Or awards
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“I’ve always respected men’s footballers for what they earn,” the 23-year-old said. “The gap is enormous, but at the same time you need to give young women and girls the same opportunity as the men. That’s where we need to do the change.

“There are federations, there are clubs, there are men in high positions who have that responsibility to put the women in the right place and that’s where I think, I feel, and I know, we have a long way to go.”

So who else could shine in her absence?

talkSPORT.com have identified seven stars who could star at the Women’s World Cup. Scroll down to see them all.

Alex Morgan (USA)

Alex Morgan is expected to star in France for USA
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Fans of the popular FIFA gaming franchise will recognise Morgan from her appearances in more recent games, but the forward has been on the international scene for many years.

The 29-year-old will play in her third World Cup in France and after finishing as USA Player of the Year in 2018 after 18 goals in 19 games.

An Olympic gold medallist from 2012 and a Champions League winner from her spell on loan at Lyon, Morgan is expected to lead the line for the holders when they start the tournament against Thailand next Tuesday.

Do not be surprised to see the Orlando Pride attacker add to her 101 international goals.

Beth Mead (ENGLAND)

Since moving to the wing, Mead has been a revelation for club and country
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England are strong favourites for this tournament and the strength in depth Phil Neville has at his disposal is a huge part of that.

The former Manchester United defender admitted Mead did not force her way into his thinking until she showed more aggression. Since moving from a central striker role to the wing, Mead has been a revelation.

The Arsenal attacker made her debut for the Lionesses during World Cup qualifiers in April 2018 and has five goals in her 13 caps already.

Her screamer against Brazil in the 2019 SheBelieves Cup set England on their way to victory.

Christine Sinclair (CANADA)

Sinclair has 181 goals from 282 caps at international level
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Sinclair is the most clinical scorer in Canadian football history, and with 181 career goals she’s edging closer to former USA star Abby Wambach, who holds the international record — among men or women — with 184.

Now 35, it is likely this tournament will be Sinclair’s last. The closest she has come in in 2003 when Canada finished fourth in America.

With two Bronze medals at the previous two Olympic games, falling short again is surely not an option for the Portland Thorns star.

A technically brilliant attacking midfielder with excellent prowess from set pieces, do not be surprised if Sinclair is in the running for the Golden Boot when the tournament wraps up next month.

Marta (BRAZIL)

Marta is dreaming of a World Cup final with Brazil
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A six-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta is a legend of the women’s game.

The Brazilian maestro has delighted fans across the world with her unique array of skills – not to mention her goalscoring record, with her 15 at the World Cup a record.

At the 2016 Olympics in her native country, she played with so much passion, fans crossed out Neymar’s name on their No. 10 shirts and wrote in Marta’s.

Having competed in four World Cups prior to France and four Olympic Games, victory at a major international tournament has eluded her.

Sam Kerr (AUSTRALIA)

Kerr is the star of Nike’s new advert celebrating the rise of women’s football
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While Kerr is known for her dynamic forward play and leadership skills, her signature back-flip celebration will be sure to capture the attention as well.

The Australian captain will be competing at her third World Cup and will be undoubtedly keen to lead her nation past the quarter-finals, the stage at which they were eliminated in 2015.

Kerr plays for both Perth Glory and for Chicago Red Stars and heads into this tournament on the back of an exceptionally good run of form. Last season, she led the NWSL in goals for the second straight year with 16.

Since making her debut with the Australian national team at 15, Kerr has collected 31 goals in 77 games and the forward will hope to showcase her backflips to the world once again.

Dzsenifer Marozsan (GERMANY)

Dzsenifer Marozsan of Germany runs with the ball
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While the World Cup is never short of heroes and superstars, there is no doubt Marozsan is the inspirational story of this World Cup – having returned to the game after a pulmonary embolism kept her sidelined for several months last year.

But the 27-year-old is used to proving her doubters wrong. In 2007 at the age of 14 years and 7 months, Marozsán became the youngest player to play in the Bundesliga when she made her debut for 1. FC Saarbrücken.

She also holds the record as the Bundesliga’s youngest goal scorer at the tender age of just 15 years and 4 months.

Now at Lyon, the midfielder has won the Division 1 Feminine and Champions League with Lyon, but wants international recognition which has thus far eluded her.

Erin Cuthbert (SCOTLAND)

Cuthbert talks on stage during the Sport Industry NextGen event at Village Underground in London
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Scotland have never made it to a World Cup and will need to embody Cuthbert’s tenacity and raw emotion if they are to progress.

The 20-year-old plays with her heart on her sleeve and is developing into a big-game player for club and country. The Chelsea midfielder scored a spectacular Champions League semi-final volley against Lyon this season.

Despite her small stature, Cuthbert has the ability to hurt teams from distance. Her strike against Jamaica at Hampden was an absolute belter.

Scotland begin their debut World Cup campaign against England on Sunday and will need the midfielder to shine.