A persistent Japan twice came from behind before beating USA 3-1 on penalties to win the Women’s World Cup in Frankfurt. The exhilarating final was eventually won by a dogged Japan team that recovered from a goal deficit on two occasions, to draw 2-2 after extra time, before holding their nerve from the spot. Goals
A stunning Marie Hamamrstrom strike was the difference as Sweden beat France 2-1 in Sinsheim to finish third in the Women’s World Cup. After Elodie Thomis had cancelled out Lotta Schelin’s strike, Hammarstrom’s thunderbolt settled the game and handed Sweden the win. The game was scrappy at first with neither team able to get hold
10 woman USA battled through a hard-fough match against Brazil to win on penalties and advance into the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup. The two-time world champions took the lead in the second minute when Daiane put into her own net. Shannon Boxx did very well to keep the ball in play down the
Terrible defending from Australia helped Sweden to a 3-1 women’s World Cup quarter-final win in Augsburg. The excellent Lotta Schelin gave the Swedes what was ultimately a comfortable victory, but the story was again about some horrific defending from the Australians, with a catalogue of blunders on display, two of which yielded goals – mostly
Germany’s dreams of winning a third successive World Cup, and on home soil no less, were ended by Japan in a shock 1-0 defeat in the quarter-final in Wolfsburg. After the match ended 0-0 after 90 minutes, Japan shocked the home nation when Karina Maruyama finished from a tight angle to knock out the tournament
France reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup courtesy of penalty shoot-out victory over England in Leverkusen, with captain Faye White missing the crucial penalty after an exhausting contest ended 1-1 after extra-time. With players dropping like flies due to cramp in scenes that resembled that other form of Saturday night entertainment, Casualty, and
Sweden came through a hard-fought game in Wolfsburg to beat USA 2-1 and top Group C of the Women’s World Cup A Lisa Dahlkvist penalty and a disputed Nilla Fischer goal gave the Swedes a two-goal half-time lead and despite an Abby Wambach finish, the Americans failed to complete the comeback they worked so hard
Brazil, who were already certain of their place in the next round, maintained their 100% record with a 3-0 win over Equatorial Guinea. Brazil were nearly up after a minute when a free-kick just evaded goalkeeper Miriam’s post, but they struggled to create clear chances afterwards and the sides reached half-time without breaking the deadlock.