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

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

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

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

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.

Women’s World Cup: Incredible reason Brazil legend Marta pointed to her boots after scoring opener against Australia

15 Jun

Brazil superstar Marta pointed to her boots after scoring a record 16th Women’s World Cup goal on Thursday.

The 33-year-old forward, who is widely regarded as the best women’s player ever, netted the opener from the spot in Brazil’s 3-2 defeat to Australia.

And in her celebrations she pointed to her boots, sporting a gender equality symbol.

Her boot sponsorship deal expired last year and the veteran striker has since refused to sign a new one, saying brands are not offering sponsorship deals on a level par with male players.

Instead of reaching an agreement, she has opted to sport a symbol for gender equality on her boots during the World Cup.

Marta’s goal on Thursday made her the first player to ever score at five different World Cups.

The strike also made her the first player to score at five different World Cups, while her tally of 16 means she now shares the record for most World Cup goals alongside German Miroslav Klose.

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

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 both semi-finals, and the final too.

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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.


Kerr is the star of Nike’s new advert celebrating the rise of women’s football

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

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

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.