Brazil end Copa Amrica drought with victory over Peru in final

Brazil ended a 12-year wait to win the Copa Amrica after a first-half goal from Gabriel Jesus and a late Richarlison penalty helped see off Peru 3-1 in Rio Brazils Gabriel Jesus made one goal, scored another and was sent off in the second half as the hosts beat Peru to win the Copa Amrica for the ninth time at the Maracan stadium. The hosts took the lead after 15 minutes thanks to some great skill from Jesus on the …

Bielsa-esque Pierluigi Collina defends referees and Fifas new rules | Suzanne Wrack

The chair of Fifas refereeing committee gave an energetic presentation in Paris following controversial incidents in the Womens World Cup In the midst of a refereeing and VAR storm Pierluigi Collina was calm. A media briefing on refereeing mid-tournament is not a new occurrence. At Swedens defeat of Canada to show exactly why there was a lengthy stoppage and whether prioritising accuracy over time was correct. Responding to the most common complaint, that the Womens World Cup is being used …

Lucy Bronze: Phil Neville is not the best coach but made England better

Lucy Bronze has defended Phil Neville, who has admitted his tactical deficiencies, but she added: Were disappointed not to have won the World Cup Lucy Bronze acknowledges that Phil Neville is not quite the finished article but the right-back Englands manager labels the worlds best believes he has succeeded in confounding the doubters during the past month at France 2019. Phils said himself hes not the best coach with the best tactics, said Bronze as the Lionesses headed home after …

Peru set up Brazil clash in Copa Amrica final after resounding win over Chile

Peru advanced to the final of the Copa Amrica and a date with hosts Brazil after beating double defending champions Chile 3-0 Peru advanced to the final of the Copa Amrica and a date with hosts Brazil after beating double defending champions Chile 3-0. Chile were outclassed by a quick and eager Peru side, who looked a different outfit from the one that scored just three goals in four games on their way to the semi-finals and lost 5-0 to …

Megan Rapinoe strikes an epic pose after scoring against France in the Women’s World Cup. The internet goes wild

(CNN)Less than 24 hours have passed since Megan Rapinoe scored the only two goals against France in the Women’s World Cup quarter-final match, but her glorious goal celebration has already been hailed as an “iconic” moment in soccer and all sports. Her epic performance led some to suggest that the United States “tear down the Confederate monuments and put up Megan Rapinoe monuments.” Others pledged their allegiance to Rapinoe as their new President. But others, including President Donald Trump, have …

Norway break Australia’s hearts in Women’s World Cup last-16 shootout

The Matildas World Cup campaign was ended after 120 minutes finished 1-1 and Norway kept their composure in a penalty shootout Some games of football need only a single error, a single moment of brilliance to decide them. Others can feast on a cornucopia of chances yet never be sated. In Nice, Australia and Norway were two teams whose refusal to lose was only matched by an equally fervent reluctance to win. It was fitting perhaps that a winner was …

Alex Morgan heads USA past England into Womens World Cup final

England are out of the Womens World Cup after a 2-1 semi-final defeat to USA, who remain on course to defend the title they won four years ago They have won new friends and influenced plenty of opinions during a transformative month in France but the Rhne was swelled by English tears as Phil Nevilles Lionesses proved second best to the defending champions. England head to Nice for Saturdays third-place playoff after yet more semi-final disappointment but with heads held …

Lieke Martens scores last-minute penalty and Dutch eliminate Japan

Lieke Martens scored from the spot in the 90th minute to add to her first-half effort in the Netherlands last-16 victory over Japan at Roazhon Park in Rennes Refereeing was again in the spotlight as a controversial late penalty put the Netherlands into a quarter-final against Italy at the expense of a Japan side in the ascendancy. In the 88th minute Vivianne Miedema smashed the ball goalwards but it rocketed off the limp arm of Saki Kumagai and the referee …

US breaks scoring record in emphatic Women’s World Cup display

Reims, France (CNN)Sport is more often than not a brutal place for the underdog. There should always be hope, of course, but it is usually the Goliaths who win. READ: ‘Every goal counts’: USWNT defends itself after humiliating Thailand READ: Christiane Endler, the Chile keeper who is opening doors for other women Ominous warning It took just 12 minutes for the defending champions to open the scoring, Alex Morgan heading home a header from four yards. That only Rose Lavelle …

Scotland performance against Japan at World Cup leaves Hope Solo unimpressed

(CNN)As Scotland slipped to a second Women’s World Cup defeat at France 2019, former US star Hope Solo delivered a typically no holds barred assessment of their performance against Japan on Friday. READ: Australia stuns Brazil READ: Sam Kerr — The prodigy who became Australia’s million dollar player Many former players who move into television can find the transition difficult, especially in critiquing individual and team peformances. Not so Solo, who as well as criticizing Scotland’s first-half tactics, felt central …