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 …

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 …

A soft penalty and questionable selection: the US got lucky against Spain | Hope Solo

Questions remain over the US defense and goalkeeping. When they face France in the quarter-final they may need to rely on their talented attack The United States like the one they played against Brazil so I hope they havent given us all they have. As the host nation, they have the weight of their country on their shoulders. We dont yet know if that expectation is going to be an extra player for France or the US.

Wendie Renards twice-taken penalty pushes France past Nigeria

France completed a perfect three wins from three in Group A with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria thanks to a re-taken penalty by Wendie Renard A furious Nigeria manager, Thomas Dennerby, claimed the officials had ruined the match after Wendie Renards retaken penalty following a double VAR check ensured France progress to the last 16 having topped Group A. Nigerias hopes of a third-place finish now hang by a thread. If I gave you honest opinions, they would probably send …

USA edge past gritty Spain to set up mouthwatering quarter-final with France

The hype around the US womens national team finally appears to be waning, even as the Americans beat a resilient Spain side 2-1 The hype around the US at this World Cup finally appears to be waning, even as the Americans beat a resilient Spain side 2-1 on Monday with the help of two penalties. Both spot kicks were scored by Megan Rapinoe to put the Americans through and negate a mistake in the American back line that gifted Spain …

It would have been a bigger disrespect if USA had not celebrated all 13 goals | Eni Aluko

Criticism of the USA has been widespread since they thumped lowly Thailand by a record score in Tuesdays group game I have to say Ive been surprised to see some of the reaction to the USA teams celebrations during the 130 win against Thailand. I think some of it is to do with the fact that they arent the most popular team out there theres this perception that the USA are arrogant and everything is excessive and over the top …