The USA is in the final again. Alex Morgan scored the crucial goal as England toiled in the second half, missing a penalty and having a goal disallowed, but the Netherlands or Sweden await the US in the final.
LYON, France (AP) — Alex Morgan celebrated her go-ahead goal with a cheeky tea-sipping motion and Alyssa Naeher stopped a late penalty kick to send the United States into the final at the Women’s World Cup with a 2-1 victory over England on Tuesday night.
The top-ranked United States will face the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between the Netherlands and Sweden in the Americans’ third straight appearance in the World Cup title match.
Christen Press — who started with Megan Rapinoe out with a hamstring injury — put the United States up early in the match but Ellen White’s goal tied it before 20 minutes had passed. Morgan’s sixth goal of the tournament came before the break and on her 30th birthday. She hadn’t had a goal since she scored five in the team’s 13-0 rout of Thailand to open the tournament.
It was also White’s sixth goal but Morgan has the edge for the tournament’s Golden Boot with three assists. White appeared to score her seventh in the 69th minute but video review determined she was offside — and the Americans in the crowd of 53,512 at Stade de Lyon roared.
A video review went against the United States late in the game when it determined Becky Sauerbrunn had fouled White in the penalty area. England captain Steph Houghton’s penalty shot was smothered by a diving Naeher in the 84th minute.
It was the first penalty kick saved by a U.S. goalkeeper in regular time at the World Cup. At the final whistle, the team mobbed Naeher in front of the goal in celebration.
The top-ranked Americans have been to the semifinals of all eight World Cups, and they’ve won the trophy three times, more than any nation. The U.S. team’s lone loss in a World Cup title match came to Japan in 2011.
Third-ranked England went through to the semifinals in 2015 but fell to Japan before beating Germany in the third-place match for the Lionesses’ best finish in the tournament.
The United States has won 11 straight World Cup matches and is undefeated in its last 16. With the quarterfinal victory in France, the Americans tied Norway’s record winning streak set over the 1995 and 1999 tournaments.
The Americans have exuded confidence since arriving in France. After pouncing on Thailand 13-0 in the opener and celebrating each goal in the rout, they beat nemesis Sweden, the team that ousted the United States in the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics. And Rapinoe stuck a victorious pose in a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over France on Friday night in Paris.
England started Carly Telford in goal instead of Karen Bardsley, who was out with a hamstring injury. Bardsley had shutouts in both of the team’s knockout round matches. Telford started in the team’s group stage match against Argentina.
England had shut out its last four opponents but the United States attacked early as expected — the Americans have scored within the first 15 minutes of all of their games in France.
Press delivered first, scoring on a header off a long cross from Kelley O’Hara that sailed over Telford’s outstretched arm. It was Press’ first goal in France, and her second World Cup goal overall.
Shortly thereafter, Beth Mead served the ball to White, who got between the U.S. center backs for the finish to pull England even. White raised her hands to her face for her customary “glasses” celebration.
The United States pulled ahead when Lindsey Horan found Morgan in front of the net for the header. It was Morgan’s 107th international goal, moving her into a tie for fifth on the U.S. career list with Michelle Akers.
The United States leads the tournament field with 24 total goals.
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China to discover 2022 World Cup qualifying draw next month
Asia’s top football teams will soon start their quest for top honors in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 after they learn who their opponents will be in the draw for the Asian Qualifiers Round 2 next month.
The 40 teams will be drawn into eight groups of five teams and compete in a double round robin format both at home and away, with matches to be held from September 5, 2019, to June 9, 2020, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said Monday.
The draw will be held at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur on July 17.
The seedings for the draw will be based on the FIFA Rankings issued on June 14, 2019. China is led once again by Italian coach Marcello Lippi joining Iran, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia as top seeds.
Committed to getting kids into sports to learn important life values and providing them access to world-class training, MILO and FC Barcelona held a special football clinic for over eighty underprivileged Cebuano kids during their latest installment of the Road to Barcelona invitational program last September 10 at the Cebu City Sports Complex.
Late Thailand goal denies Bangladesh win in Asian Games
Published at 05:11 pm August 16th, 2018
Youngster Mahbubur Rahman Sufil gave the men in red and green the deserved lead seven minutes into the second half after going close to twice scoring in the opening half
Bangladesh Olympic team drew 1-1 against Thailand in their second Group B Match of the Asian Games 2018 at Pakansari Stadium in Bogor, West Java in Indonesia on Thursday.
Youngster Mahbubur Rahman Sufil gave the men in red and green the deserved lead seven minutes into the second half after going close to twice scoring in the opening half.
A solid defensive display by Jamie Day’s troupe kept the lead intact until the 80th minute before goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana’s blunder gifted substitute forward Supachai Chaided an easy chance equalize the margin and he made no mistake.
Meanwhile, the senior national side has not won or drawn against Thailand since 1989.
RESULT Bangladesh Under-23 1 (Mahbubur Rahman 52) v Thailand Under-23 1 (Chaided Supachai 80)
Supachai Chaided fired home another late equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Bangladesh Thursday to help Thailand retain some hope of making it to the last-16 stage of the men’s football competition of the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
The victory the War Elephants had been longing for failed to materialize as Worrawoot Srimaka’s men looked like a pale shadow of the side that had impressively held 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar to a 1-1 draw in their first Group B game on Tuesday night.
The fight for second place in the group is now set to go down to the wire with Thailand needing a win over over Uzbekistan in their last round-robin game on Sunday when Qatar take on Bangladesh.
Uzbekistan thrashed Qatar 6-0 last night, leaving Thailand in second place with two points. Qatar and Bangladesh have one point each.
Uzbekistan has been assured of the top spot in the group with six points after two straight wins. They beat Bangladesh 3-0 on Tuesday.
The 26-nation men’s football event of the Games is a U23 competition that allows each country to field three overage players and the top two teams of each of the six groups and four best third-placed sides advance to the knockout stages.
In women’s play Thursday, Thailand suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Japan in their opening Group C match at Bumi Sriwijaya Stadium.
Mana Iwabuchi and Yuka Momiki scored in the 33rd and 85th minutes as the Nadeshiko made a flying start to their Asian Games campaign.
Thailand will now need to beat Southeast Asian rivals Vietnam in their second group game on Sunday to keep alive their hopes of progressing.
South Koreans hammer six past Bahrain; Indonesia humbled
Filed on August 15, 2018
Hwang Ui-jo netted a first-half hat trick
Son Heung-min watched from the bench as South Korea tore apart Bahrain 6-0 at the Asian Games on Wednesday to boost the Tottenham Hotspur striker’s chances of avoiding military service by winning gold.
Son, who only joined the squad this week, cheered on the defending champions as Hwang Ui-jo netted a first-half hat trick and Kim Jin-ya, Na Sang-ho and Hwang Hee-chan also scored in their opening Group E game.
Spurs gave Son, 26, special permission to play the Asian Games, where the gold medal represents his last chance of winning a reprieve from his 21 months’ compulsory military service. As he warmed the bench wearing a black tracksuit top, Hwang quickly took the game away from outclassed Bahrain with his triple strike within 26 minutes in the first half.
The prolific Gamba Osaka forward hammered the opening goal from close range on 17 minutes, before Kim Jin-ya grabbed the Koreans’ second on the rebound six minutes later.
Hwang’s turn and shot on made it 3-0 on 36 minutes, and he could have had another if he had arrived a split-second earlier as Na Sang-ho’s effort trickled over the line.
But Hwang soon brought up his hat-trick with a finish from a tight angle, two minutes before half-time, as South Korea turned 5-0 ahead and in total control.
Belgium vs Tunisia (Group G) – Moscow (Spartak) – 1pm – BBC
South Korea vs Mexico (Group F) – Rostov-on-Don – 4pm – ITV
Germany v Sweden (Group F) – Sochi – 7pm – ITV
Sunday 24 June
England vs Panama (Group G) – Nizhny Novgorod – 1pm – BBC
Japan vs Senegal (Group H) – Ekaterinburg – 4pm – BBC
Poland vs Colombia (Group H) – Kazan – 7pm – ITV
Monday 25 June
Uruguay vs Russia (Group A) – Samara – 3pm – ITV
Saudi Arabia vs Egypt (Group A) – Volgograd – 3pm – ITV
Spain vs Morocco (Group B) – Kaliningrad – 7pm- BBC
Iran vs Portugal (Group B) – Saransk – 7pm – BBC
Tuesday 26 June
Denmark vs France (Group C) – Moscow (Luzhniki) – 3pm – ITV
Australia vs Peru (Group C) – Sochi – 3pm – ITV
Nigeria vs Argentina (Group D) – St Petersburg – 7pm – BBC
Iceland vs Croatia (Group D) – Rostov-on-Don – 7pm – BBC
Wednesday 27 June
South Korea vs Germany (Group F) – Kazan – 3pm – BBC
Mexico vs Sweden (Group F) – Ekaterinburg – 3pm – BBC
Serbia vs Brazil (Group E) – Moscow (Spartak) – 7pm – ITV
Switzerland vs Costa Rica (Group E) – Nizhny Novgorod – 7pm – ITV
Thursday 28 June
Japan vs Poland (Group H) – Volgograd – 3pm – BBC
Senegal vs Colombia (Group H) – Samara – 3pm – BBC
England vs Belgium (Group G) – Kaliningrad – 7pm – ITV
Panama vs Tunisia (Group G) – Saransk – 7pm – ITV
Round of 16
(Matches in bold are potential England fixtures)
Saturday 30 June
Group C winner vs Group D runner-up – Kazan, 3pm (Match 50)
Group A winner vs Group B runner-up- Sochi, 7pm (Match 49)
Sunday 1 July
Group B winner vs Group A runner-up- Moscow (Luzhniki), 3pm (Match 51)
Group D winner vs Group C runner-up – Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm (Match 52)
Monday 2 July
Group E winner vs Group F runner-up – Samara, 3pm (Match 53)
Group G winner vs Group H runner-up – Rostov-on-Don, 7pm (Match 54)
Tuesday 3 July
Group F winner vs Group E runner-up – St Petersburg 3pm (Match 55)
Group H winner vs Group G runner-up – Moscow (Spartak), 7pm (Match 56)
Friday 6 July
Winner match 49 vs Winner match 50 – Nizhny Novgorod, 3pm (Match 57)
Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 – Kazan, 7pm (Match 58)
Saturday 7 July
Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 – Samara, 3pm (Match 60)
Winner match 51 vs Winner match 52 – Sochi, 7pm (Match 59)
Tuesday 10 July
Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 – St Petersburg, 7pm (Match 61)
Wednesday 11 July
Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 – Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm (Match 62)
Third place play-off
Saturday 14 July
Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 – St Petersburg, 3pm
Sunday 15 July
Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm
Azkals coach Dooley awaits renewal of contract
BY JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA ON
Philippine Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley’s contract renewal still hangs in the balance despite steering the national men’s football team to its first-ever Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup appearance.
Dooley’s contract is set to expire today, four days after the national squad clinched a berth in the Asian Cup 2019 with a 2-1 win over Tajikistan.
Team manager Dan Palami said the decision would be based not only on that historic Tuesday night triumph at the Rizal Memorial Stadium but also on the overall performance of the American mentor since 2014.
“As I’ve said, it would be unfair to just base it on this game. This is a big result for us but we’ll take a holistic approach. It’s difficult to make commitments when you’re really happy. We have to approach that objectively and see where we want to go,” said Palami.
“We could be with him (Dooley) of course. He contributed a lot. But I’d rather not say for now,” he added.
Dooley began coaching the Azkals in 2014. The former US football team skipper led the PH team to the finals of the AFC Challenge Cup 2014, wherein an Asian Cup berth was at stake. The Philippines missed the big dance after losing to Palestine, 0-1.
Following their failed campaign in the Challenge Cup, midfielder Stephan Shrock and defender Dennis Cagara resigned from the national team, stating that they left because of Dooley.
“As long as Coach Dooley will lead the team, I won’t wear the jersey of Azkals again,” said Shrock through Twitter and Facebook.
“Dooley is also the reason why I won’t play for the Azkals for the moment,” said Cagara via Twitter as well.
The World Cup veteran got his contract extended for another two years in 2016, the same year that the country co-hosted the AFF Suzuki Cup with Myanmar. The Azkals bowed out early during the group stage after a 0-1 home defeat to Thailand.
Now that he guided the national team to an unbeaten run in the Asian Cup qualifier en route to a qualification to the main tournament, Dooley is hopeful that he will be given another chance to mentor the Azkals.
“Next is, I hope I get a new contract,” he said. “We’ve planned already. I’ve been looking ahead about what we’re going to do,” added Dooley, who holds a 21-12-17 overall win-draw-loss record as Azkals coach.
Meanwhile, Palami is contemplating on taking another role in the country’s football program.
After getting the team to the Asian Cup, I’ll have to look up for maybe another role for me in Philippine football. It’s been a long journey. My children are complaining that I might not have inheritance left for them,” he said in jest. “But it’s a happy culmination of all the heartaches.”
Since 2010, Palami has been the Azkals’ primary backer. He gained the Filipino football fans’ admiration after the Philippines pulled off a 2-0 upset against host Vietnam and advanced to the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 knockout phase. It eventually became known as the “Miracle of Hanoi”.
Palami’s undying support continued even after the national squad struggled to sustain the momentum from then on. The Azkals patron’s hard work paid off following their remarkable entry into the Asian Cup next year in United Arab Emirates.
“It makes everything worth it. Sometimes you look at your bank account and then you just think at night if it’s all worth it. These are the kinds of moments that make everything worth it.”
Palami though wants to veer his focus away from the national team in the future.
“After being with this team from 2010 to 2018 and now to the 2019 Asian Cup, I’ll have to evaluate as well my role in Philippine football. Maybe in grassroots, I don’t know. I have to think about that,” he said.
But before leaving the seniors team, Palami has a one dream left for the Azkals.
“I want (the Philippines) to be the Iceland in Asian Cup. We’re not going there just to participate. We’re going there to compete and with us fully prepared. We want to make sure that we make an impact in the Asian stage.”
SEA Games Aug 17, 2017
After wins in their first games mens and Womens Football both had losses. The Philippines
mens team went down to Indonesia 3-0, whereas the women where beaten 3-0 by Vietnam.
After no medals on Day 4 and ye to win a gold the Philippines drops to 7th place.
2017 SEA Games Day 2 – Men’s and Women’s Philippines Football win opening Games.
Aug 15, 2017
The Philippines had a 2-0 first game win over Cambodia in their first match of the 2017 SEA
Games. The Competition is restricted for athletes under 22 years of age. Strong second half
goals from Reymart Cubon and Fil-Japanese Kouichi Belgira. The goals came in the 52nd
and 81st Minute. Giving the Philippines a handy 3 points in the bank. The Cambodians had
been promised $1000 USD each by their Prime Minister for a win.
Women’s Football made a return to the 2015 SEA Games after not being include in the
program. Meanwhile the Philippines Maldita’s also took a handy win over hosts Malaysia 2-
Meanwhile the Philippines was pummelled in the Women’s Netball. Going down 86 to 16
Malditas to SEA Games and 2013 World Rankings in Women’s Football SEA Nations
The Philippine Malditas, bannered by seasoned international campaigners and highly-touted new recruits, expressed confidence of a strong showing in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar in December.
One of the few teams to make the criteria set by the SEAG Task Force, the Malditas are expected to field the “strongest team ever” for the biennial tournament.
“We’re hoping we can do our best during the SEA Games and prove to everybody that Philippine football belongs in the SEA Games,” said Malditas coach Ernie Nierras at the launching of telecommunications giant Globe’s sponsorship of the team.
The Malditas are left to carry the cudgels for PH football, after the Under-23 Azkals failed to make the grade.
Apart from the core of the team that impressed in the AFC Asian Women’s Cup Qualifying early this year, Nierras said the Malditas will also have a 5-foot-10 striker in Natalia Anderson.
SEA Games 2013 – FOOTBALL Malditas even lucky to win a Bronze
Earlier on I had already provided evidence in an article and research that the Women’s Football Team the Malditas would be lucky to win a bronze medal. So how to justify sending a team of 20 which had hardly played together as a team. They came from different teams from overseas a lot of them.
I noted here the Malditas were ranked 5th in South East Asia. Not surprisingly the Malditas recorded a 2-0 lost to host Myanmar and a 7-0 loss to Vietnam the SEA#3 and #1 ranked teams for 2013.
What does it take to win a World Cup?
By Gabrille Marcotti
There are 209 nations affiliated to FIFA and yet, in the past 50 years, 20 of the 24 teams that have reached the World Cup final have come from only five nations: Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. Together with Spain, France and England, they are the only nations to have reached a final since Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best in a band called The Beatles.
Is there a common thread? Is there a recipe to success? And, if so, what are the ingredients?
Of the factors that contribute, none is, necessarily, a prerequisite. But the more of the seven ingredients below you have in your shopping cart, the more likely you are to win a World Cup.