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England vs Sweden: What has been said?
Ellen White says England have been hurting after their World Cup semi-final defeat but will be ‘putting everything we can’ into beating Sweden.
The England forward said: “Obviously initially and yesterday it was still the same feeling of being really devastated and gutted to have not reached that final. I think we’ve taken a good few days to really feel that emotion.
“But I think we’ve come together now and we’ve said we’ll be putting everything we can (into) and sticking together for this bronze medal match, and that’s our priority now, to focus on that game against Sweden and hopefully get that result that we want.
“We want to go away from this tournament now feeling really proud and having something to really hold on to.”
The Women’s World Cup has provided fans across the world with moments of magic and madness in equal measure.
Be it Scotland’s chaotic exit at the hands of Argentina or Alex Morgan’s clinical finishing against Thailand, thrills and spills have not been in short supply.
On Thursday night, fans were treated to another round of thrilling games in France as the round of 16 beckons. Check out what happened below!
NETHERLANDS 2-1 CANADA
Reigning European champions Holland secured top spot in Group E at the Women’s World Cup, maintaining their 100 per cent record with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Canada in Reins.
Bayern Munich striker Lineth Beerensteyn grabbed the winner 15 minutes from time after Christine Sinclair had scored in her fifth successive World Cup to quickly cancel out Anouk Dekker’s 54th-minute opener.
Both sides went into the game knowing they had qualified for the last 16 after winning their opening two games against Cameroon and New Zealand, with the match settling who would top the group and finish runner-up.
The game started in controversial fashion as inside two minutes referee Stephanie Frappart awarded Canada a penalty when Janine Beckie was fouled on the edge of the area by Desiree Van Lunteren.
But as Sinclair lined up to take the spot-kick, a VAR review that took almost three minutes to reach a conclusion, led to Frappart awarding a free-kick three yards outside the area that Sinclair tamely struck into the wall.
Despite the Dutch dominating, Canada had the ball in the back of the net in the 22nd minute, only for Jordyn Huitema to be adjudged offside after slotting home underneath the advancing Sari Van Veenendaal.
It was Holland who came closest to making the breakthrough in the first half, with Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema striking the base of a post with an angled shot on the turn, followed by Gunners team-mate Danielle Van de Donk’s stunning 16-yard bicycle kick landing on the roof of the net.
Nine minutes after the break Holland then deservedly took the lead, with Montpellier midfielder Dekker heading home an inswinging free-kick from Sherida Spitse from seven yards.
But just six minutes later Canada were on level terms, with Sinclair superbly turning home at the far post a teasing low ball into the six-yard box from Ashley Lawrence.
However, 15 minutes from time Holland sealed the three points with Beerensteyn, on as a substitute five minutes earlier, starting and finishing an incisive move by sliding home a Van Lunteren cross from three yards.
Holland will now face 2015 runner-up Japan in Rennes next Tuesday, while Canada take on USA after they won Group F, in Paris on Monday.
CAMEROON 2-1 NEW ZEALAND
Ajara Nchout scored two brilliant goals, including an injury-time winner, as Cameroon dramatically beat New Zealand 2-1 to reach the last 16 of the World Cup as a best third-placed team.
Nchout turned inside Ria Percival in the 95th minute and superbly curled in the winner to put Cameroon through.
They were heading out after Aurelle Awona sliced a volley into her own net with 10 minutes remaining for 1-1.
Nchout had put her side ahead in the second half with a lovely, dinked goal.
Although Cameroon finished on three points, the same as Nigeria from Group A, they went through courtesy of having scored just a single goal more (3) than their African counterparts.
The Netherlands finished top of Group E with a 100% record after a 2-1 victory over Canada, who finish in second place.
SWEDEN 0-2 USA
USA broke a Women’s World Cup record in their game against Sweden by scoring the most goals in group stage history with an astonishing 18.
Both sides were already assured of their places in the last 16, but the USA added to their 13-0 and 3-0 wins over Thailand and Chile with another strong performance in Le Havre.
Unmarked midfielder Lindsey Horan poked in the opener from an early corner, before Tobin Heath’s strike deflected in off Chelsea defender Jonna Andersson as the USA added a controversial second after the break.
Jill Ellis’ side face Spain in the next round while Sweden meet Canada, with both of those matches to be played on Monday.
Andersson’s own goal came amid yet another debatable intervention involving VAR at this tournament, eventually being given despite USA substitute Carli Lloyd being in an offside position in the middle when the cross was played in.
Lloyd did not touch the ball, so was deemed not to have been interfering with play after a lengthy stoppage for the review, but her presence clearly affected Linda Sembrant’s attempt to hook the cross clear, which diverted the ball towards Heath.
THAILAND 0-2 CHILE
Chile missed out on a Women’s World Cup last-16 tie against England by the width of the woodwork in their dramatic 2-0 win over Thailand.
Needing a three-goal win to advance, Chile were 2-0 up when they were awarded a penalty after keeper Waraporn Boonsing fouled Maria Jose Urrutia.
However, Francisca Lara stepped up and struck her effort against the bar.
They took the lead when Boonsing inadvertently fired into her own net before Urrutia’s header made it 2-0.
There was yet more VAR controversy at the Women’s World Cup in France on Wednesday evening.
England faced off against Japan in Nice, with a win for either side securing top spot in Group D.
While in Paris, Scotland knew they had to win to keep their faint chances of progressing to the round of 16 alive against Argentina.
Japan 0-2 England
Having survived a scare when Bardsley pulled off a superb save to touch Kumi Yokoyama’s free-kick against the bar, England took the lead in the 14th minute as Ellen White scored her second goal of the tournament.
Georgia Stanway showed good strength as she turned and played a through-ball to White, who lifted an effort beyond goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita.
The score was 1-0 as the teams went in at the break, with Yamashita having made three fine stops to prevent England from extending their advantage.
The goalkeeper did well to deny Scott and Stanway in quick succession soon after White’s goal, then impressed again as she kept out an effort from Daly.
The Lionesses went close to a second goal as another good save by Yamashita saw her push away Toni Duggan’s volley from a cross by Lucy Bronze.
But England were indebted to a great tackle by Houghton in the area to thwart Yuika Sugasawa.
And White made the game safe with her second six minutes before the end of normal time after being played through by Karen Carney. The Manchester City striker showed tremendous composure to calmly slot the ball past Yamashita once again.
Phil Neville’s England will now face a third-placed finisher in the next round – either China (Group B), or Cameroon or New Zealand (Group E), or Chile or Thailand (Group F).
Their opponents will be determined on Thursday when Groups E and F conclude, and the match will take place on Sunday in Valenciennes.
Scotland 3-3 Argentina
Scotland are out of the Women’s World Cup after a twice-taken added time penalty gave Argentina a dramatic draw.
The Scots needed to win and Kim Little turned in their opener before Jen Beattie and Erin Cuthbert netted from corners after the break.
Milagros Menendez then Florencia Bonsegundo replied for Argentina.
And a VAR-awarded spot-kick taken by Bonsegundo was saved by Alexander but she was off her line and the Argentina forward converted second time round.
Shelley Kerr’s side were on course to be one of the four best third-placed sides going into Thursday’s final fixtures in Groups E and F with 16 minutes to play but Argentina’s dramatic recovery consigned the Scots to bottom place in Group D.
But Scotland captain Rachel Corsie was unhappy that referee Hyang-Ok Ri allowed play to continue as substitute Fiona Brown was coming on as a substitute.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former UEFA president Platini was detained for questioning by French police over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to the small Gulf state.
Platini, who has never denied voting for Qatar but has always rejected any claims of wrongdoing, was detained in a suburb of Paris on Tuesday morning.
“Since it was awarded the 2022 World Cup, there has been nothing but controversy around why Qatar were selected as hosts and following this latest development, the betting suggests there is a strong chance they could now be stripped of the tournament,” said Coral’s John Hill.“If a new host is required, England are likely to be one of the favourites as they are one of the few countries who could hold the tournament at short notice with their infrastructure and transport.”
The Parquet National Financier has been investigating the December 2010 decision to stage football’s biggest tournament in the wealthy Qatar since 2016.
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Diego Maradona has again refused to apologise for his infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal, insisting it was ‘symbolic revenge’ for the Falklands War.
The Argentine forward blatantly handled the ball into the net past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton during the 1986 World Cup quarter-final.
But the incident was not spotted by the referee and despite furious protests from manager Bobby Robson and the England players, the goal was given.
Moments later, he produced what many regard as one of the greatest individual goals of all time, slaloming his way through England’s back-line before scoring the winner to send his side to the semi-final of the tournament.
There was further tension in the lead up to the match due to the 1982 war between the two nations, where 649 Argentinians and 255 British troops died in three months of fighting.
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And in the new film about the 58-year-old, called ‘Diego Maradona – Rebel, Hero, Hustler, God’, the Albiceleste hero again remained defiant over his controversial actions.
Maradona said: “We, as Argentinians, didn’t know what the military was up to. They told us that we were winning the war. But in reality, England was winning 20-0. It was tough.
“The hype made it seem liked we were going to play out another war.
“I knew it was my hand. It wasn’t my plan but the action happened so fast that the linesman didn’t see me putting my hand in. The referee looked at me and he said: ‘Goal.’
“It was a nice feeling like some sort of symbolic revenge against the English.”
We’ll have every England and Scotland game, both semi-finals, and the final live across the talkSPORT network over the coming weeks.
England vs Argentina: What has been said?
Phil Neville: “The games that we’ve studied Argentina we don’t think we’ve seen them as organised and determined as they were against Japan [in Monday’s goalless draw].
“We’re under no illusions as to how tough this game will be. Man-to-man marking, aggressive and we need to show the same quality we did against Scotland to get a result.”
“We were planning to play against a team sitting back and defending a bit deeper than Scotland. They know they will be playing in tight spaces, limited room, and we’ve worked hard on our final third play in the last few days.
“They are strong defensively and it’s up to us to break that defence down. We know we must defend well as well – their two best players are attacking players.
“We must make sure our players in the final third are relaxed and free to express themselves.”
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