Women’s World Cup: Marta scores record 17th World Cup finals goal, Sam Kerr moves level with Alex Morgan and Italy progress to last-16

18 Jun

The final round of group matches are upon us at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

On Monday, host nation France secured top spot in Group thanks to victory over Nigeria, while Germany and Norway also picked up wins.

So who would join them in the last 16 after Tuesday’s round of games?

Marta of Brazil celebrates with teammates
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Jamaica 1-4 Australia

Sam Kerr scored four goals as Australia beat Jamaica 4-1 to finish second in Group C and book their place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.

The 25-year-old Chicago Red Stars forward scored her second goal in three games when she broke the deadlock in the 11th minute before netting again before the break and again to seal her hat-trick in the 69th minute.

Kerr added her fourth in the 83rd minute as Australia headed for the knockout stages as she moved level with United States’ Alex Morgan as the top-scorer at this World Cup with five goals.

Sam Kerr of Australia celebrates with teammates after scoring her team’s first goal
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Australia skipper Kerr saw Jamaica goalkeeper Nicole McClure off her line and looped in a header after an inch-perfect cross from the left with 11 minutes on the clock.

Kerr kept up her prolific form when she nodded in the second after a simple ball was sent in from the right in the 41st minute.

Jamaica pulled one back – their first-ever goal at a Women’s World Cup – when half-time substitute Havana Solaun coolly rounded the goalkeeper to roll the ball into the corner four minutes into the second half.

Khadija Shaw went close for the Reggae Girlz in the 54th minute but her strike flew over the crossbar. Shaw went close again 10 minutes later, evading two challenges before drilling a long-range strike which again rose over the bar.

Players of Jamaica salute their loyal supporters
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However, it was Australia who found the net again and Kerr who claimed her hat-trick in the 69th minute.

Kerr had a penalty shout turned down by VAR as the match entered its last 10 minutes but added her fourth in the 83rd minute when McClure panicked and kicked the air instead of the ball when attempting a clearance.

Italy 0-1 Brazil

Six-time world player of the year Marta scored a record 17th World Cup finals goal to clinch Brazil’s place in the last 16 with a 1-0 win over Italy, who topped Group C on goal difference.

Marta slams home the spot kick for the Selecao
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The 33-year-old Brazil legend’s nerveless, second-half penalty saw her become the all-time leading scorer at men’s or women’s World Cups, surpassing retired Germany striker Miroslav Klose.

Italy, who had already qualified, went close twice through Juventus’ Barbara Bonansea in the first half, but faded after the break in Valenciennes.

But an experienced Brazil side, who clipped the bar through Andressinha’s fine second-half free-kick, narrowly missed out on second spot as Australia beat Jamaica 4-1 to pip Vadao’s side on goals scored.

The South Americans now look set to face hosts France in the next round in Le Havre on Sunday, unless a relatively unlikely combination of results later this week puts them on a path to meet Germany on Saturday instead.

As group winners, Italy will play against a third-placed team in the last 16, with Nigeria or China their most likely opponents.

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 winner odds: Where do England and Scotland rank among the pre-tournament favourites to lift the trophy?

7 Jun

The 2019 Women’s World Cup is just around the corner as 24 teams battle for the right to call themselves world champions.

You can listen to coverage of every single England and Scotland game LIVE across the talkSPORT network.

England Women are among the favourites for glory in France
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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.

Our coverage 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.

But who are the favourites to win the tournament this summer?

talkSPORT.com have consulted Betfair via Oddschecker and below you can see what the odds are for each team to win the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

20= Thailand (500/1)

20= Cameroon (500/1)

20= Argentina (500/1)

20= Chile (500/1)

Chile are in Group F alongside USA, Sweden and Thailand
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20= South Africa (500/1)

16= Jamaica (100/1)

16= Nigeria (100/1)

16= South Korea (100/1)

South Korea captain Cho So-Hyun plays her club football with West Ham
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16= New Zealand (100/1)

15. Scotland (66/1)

13= Italy (50/1)

13= China (50/1)

12. Norway (40/1)

9= Brazil (25/1)

Brazil will have a chance of going far if star striker Marta plays well
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9= Sweden (25/1)

9= Spain (25/1)

8. Canada (16/1)

6= Australia (14/1)

6= Netherlands (14/1)

The Netherlands won the Women’s European Championships on home soil in 2017
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5. Japan (12/1)

4. England (7/1)

Phil Neville’s players are one of the favourites for World Cup glory
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3. Germany (5/1)

2. France (7/2)

1. USA (11/4)

The Americans are the favourites to triumph in France
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