If not for the heroic efforts of Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler, this might have been a soccer rout on par with the much talked-about Women’s World Cup opener against Thailand. But shot after shot Sunday in France, Endler was up to the task against the heavily-favored Americans, with multiple point-blank saves that will live in Christen Press’s nightmares, a kick save that will confound Lindsey Horan forever, and perhaps most impressively, a presence so intimidating it left Carli Lloyd with a rare mental mistake on a late-game penalty kick, shooting it wide of the post. This one would finish 3-0 in favor of the United States, a rout by most soccer standards for sure, but no different than the score at halftime, with Lloyd scoring twice (a vicious half-volley strike and a header off a corner kick) and Julie Ertz once (another beautiful set piece conversion on a corner). Unlike that second-half explosion against Thailand, when the Americans piled on 10 more goals and … [Read more...] about Americans had nothing to apologize for in this World Cup victory
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By Anne M. Peterson Published 5:46 pm PDT, Friday, June 7, 2019 PARIS — France’s women took a first step toward following in the World Cup footsteps of the French men. Wendie Renard, at 6-foot-2 the tallest player in the tournament, twice scored on headers off corner kicks, and Les Bleues overwhelmed South Korea 4-0 on Friday night in a gala World Cup opener. Eugenie Le Sommer and Amandine Henry also scored goals on a cool, windy night at Parc des Princes, the home of Paris Saint-Germain. French pop star Jain provided the pregame entertainment for the sellout crowd of 45,261, and French President Emmanuel Macron was among the spectators singing “La Marseillaise” and looking on. “We knew that it was going to be a really emotional evening. But I think we managed it well,” Renard said. “When you have more than 45,000 people singing the French national anthem, obviously it drives you forward.” France is hosting the … [Read more...] about France beats South Korea 4-0 in Women’s World Cup opener
PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 April 2019 Andy Warren Ipswich Town will be playing in the Checkatrade Trophy and the first round of the FA Cup next season. Picture: PA Archant Ipswich Town will be playing in the third tier for the first time since 1957 from next season. ANDY WARREN looks at what awaits them. Roy Bailey, John Elsworthy, Larry Carberry, Ted Phillips and Jimmy Leadbetter all helped Ipswich Town to the Division Three South title in 1956/57. Photo: ArchantThird tierYou have to go back more than 60 years to find the last time Ipswich Town were playing in the third tier of English football.The 1956/57 season was a successful one for the Blues as they secured the then Division Three South title under Alf Ramsey, who would of course go on to win the First Division with Ipswich in 1962, the World Cup with England in 1966 and then receive a knighthood in 1967.MORE: Town to release season ticket price details on WednesdayIpswich Town will face Lincoln City next … [Read more...] about New grounds, early start in the FA Cup and a new competition all await Ipswich Town when League One life begins
Viet Nam News by Paul Kennedy May 14 1988 started out as a really good day. The sun was shining, I was 15-years-old and on my way to Wembley Stadium to watch Liverpool win the FA Cup. The result was a no brainer. Liverpool, the crème de la crème of English football versus Wimbledon. The Crazy Gang. Liverpool was a team packed with talent. Barnes, Beardsley, Houghton and Hansen. Wimbledon was a team packed with thugs, Vinnie Jones, Andy Thorn, Dennis Wise and some other players no one had ever heard of. Liverpool would win. They had to win, they were the better team. They could not possible lose. They lost. By one goal to nil. My dream day turned into a nightmare. The train journey back north was solemn to say the least. But you know what? Thirty plus years later, this final will still be remembered as one of the greatest in FA Cup history. Not because of the game itself, that was awful, but because it reminded the world of the beauty of the FA Cup. Fast forward to … [Read more...] about Klopp flops in the FA Cup but does it really matter?
Video PUBLISHED: 17:41 05 January 2019 | UPDATED: 19:21 05 January 2019 Stuart Watson Freddie Sears covers his face after missing another second half chance at Accrington Stanley Picture Pagepix Pagepix Ltd.07976 935738 Ipswich Town crashed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle yet again courtesy of a 1-0 defeat at League One side Accrington Stanley this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts. Freddie Sears is denied by a second half block at Accrington Stanley Picture PagepixA NEW LOWAccrington Stanley, who are they? The team that inflicted yet more FA Cup misery – actually, scrap that, just misery – on Ipswich Town.For the ninth successive season, the Blues have been dumped out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle. That’s now 13 games without a victory in the world famous competition. It’s the fourth time they’ve been dumped out by lower league opposition.That unwanted run in the tournament is not guaranteed to … [Read more...] about Stu says: Five observations following Ipswich Town’s 1-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup