Rapinoe shines brightest at story-packed Women's World Cup | 7/8/2019 6:20 pm

Paris, France (AFP) — The United States cemented their position as the dominant force in women's football on Sunday by winning their fourth World Cup in eight editions, beating the Netherlands 2-0 in the final. AFP Sport looks at the biggest stars and stories from France as a landmark tournament comes to a close:   Rapinoe steals show If there is one person to come out of the tournament with their profile raised to that of a global star it's Megan Rapinoe, winner of the Golden Ball and More

REPEAT CHAMPS! | 7/7/2019 9:30 pm

Lyon , France (AFP) — The United States retained the women's World Cup yesterday as a Megan Rapinoe penalty and a Rose Lavelle strike gave the holders a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in the final in Lyon, prompting new questions over a potential visit to Donald Trump's White House. Rapinoe stroked home from 12 yards to put the USA ahead just after the hour mark and end the tournament as joint top scorer on six goals, after making headlines for stating she would boycott any team visit t More

Morgan, USA hoping for more celebrations against Dutch pretenders in World Cup final | 7/6/2019 8:00 pm

Lyon , France (AFP) — The United States head into the women's World Cup final against the Netherlands today seemingly in such rude health that the biggest controversy surrounding the holders in recent days has been Alex Morgan's tea-sipping goal celebration against England. Morgan, one of the faces of the USA side that has made history by reaching a third consecutive final, has been at the centre of a veritable storm in a tea cup since using the celebration to mark her winner in Tuesday's More

Sweden down England to finish third at World Cup | 7/6/2019 8:00 pm

Nice , France (AFP) — Sweden ended their women's World Cup campaign on a high by beating England 2-1 in yesterday's third-place play off in Nice, as Sofia Jakobsson's first-half strike proved to be the winner. England were looking to claim the bronze medals for the second successive World Cup, but it was Peter Gerhardsson's side who finished third for the third time. Kosovare Asllani gave Sweden an 11th-minute lead, before Jakobsson curled in an excellent second midway through the first More

Netherlands to face USA in World Cup final after Groenen extra-time winner | 7/3/2019 8:50 pm

LYON, France (AFP) — An extra-time strike by Jackie Groenen saw the Netherlands edge out Sweden 1-0 in a gruelling women's World Cup semi-final in Lyon yesterday, taking the European champions through to this weekend's final against the United States. After a goalless 90 minutes, midfielder Groenen — a former judo European Championship bronze medallist as a youth who recently agreed a move to Manchester United — broke the deadlock in the 99th minute of a tense contest in Lyon, More

England star Bronze revels in return 'home' for World Cup semi-final | 7/1/2019 7:00 pm

LYON, France (AFP) — England's Lucy Bronze said the two years spent fine-tuning her talent at leading club side Lyon have helped her become one of the top stars in the women's game, as she prepares for today's World Cup semi-final against the United States in her adopted home city. Bronze is one of the focal points of Phil Neville's English team who are hoping to reach a first-ever World Cup final when they take on the holders in Lyon, the city Bronze has called home since moving to Europ More

Alex Morgan happy to sacrifice Golden Boot for team glory | 7/1/2019 7:00 pm

LYON, France (AFP) — Alex Morgan says she would be happy to forgo the Golden Boot for top scorer at the women's World Cup if it meant the United States retained their title in France, as she prepares for today's semi-final showdown with England. Striker Morgan is the tournament's joint leading scorer alongside in form teammate Megan Rapinoe, England's Ellen White; and the already-eliminated Australia's Sam Kerr with five goals; but she has not found the net since hitting five in the Ameri More

Sweden stun Germany to reach World Cup semis | 6/29/2019 5:50 pm

RENNES, France (AFP) — Stina Blackstenius stabbed home from close ra nge in the second half to send Sweden into the last four of the women's World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Germany in Rennes yesterday, ending a 24-year winless streak against their rivals at major tournaments. The Swedes had last claimed a tournament win over Germany at the 1995 World Cup, but here they came from behind to triumph in an enthralling game played in ferocious heat. Lina Magull gave Germany the lead, but t More

England into World Cup semi-finals after seeing off Norway | 6/27/2019 7:20 pm

LE HAVRE, France (AFP) — A stunning strike by Lucy Bronze helped England to a 3-0 quarter-final win over Norway in Le Havreyesterday as Phil Neville's team eased into the last four of the women's World Cup. David Beckham, a former colleague of Neville's for Manchester United and England, was among the crowd of more than 21,000 at the Stade Oceane to see midfield stalwart Jill Scott open the scoring inside three minutes, becoming just the second English player to score at three separate wo More

Netherlands clip Japan to set quarter-finals date with Italy | 6/25/2019 7:40 pm

RENNES, France (AFP) — Lieke Martens celebrated making history as she converted a 90th-minute penalty to break Japanese hearts and take the Netherlands through to the quarter-finals of the women's World Cup for the first time, with a 2-1 win in Rennes yesterday. Barcelona star Martens had earlier given the Dutch the lead in their last-16 tie at Roazhon Park with a brilliant back-heel flick, but that contender for the most eye-catching goal of the tournament was cancelled out before the br More

USA, Sweden reach quarter-finals as women's World Cup heats up | 6/24/2019 9:00 pm

PARIS, France (AFP) — Megan Rapinoe scored a brace of penalties as holders the United States beat Spain yesterday to march on to a mouthwatering quarter-final against hosts France at the women's World Cup, with Sweden joining them in the last eight. On another day in the limelight for VAR, Sweden's goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl made a brilliant second-half penalty save as her country edged out Canada 1-0 in Paris, meaning they advance to a similarly enticing tie against Germany. The showdown More

Captain Henry fires France past Brazil, into World Cup quarters | 6/24/2019 6:30 am

LEHAVRE, France (AFP) - Women's World Cup hosts France survived a scare to beat Brazil 2-1 in extra time and reach the quarter-finals yesterday as captain Amandine Henry scored a dramatic winner in Le Havre. Lyon midfielder Henry struck in the 107th minute after Thaisa's equaliser for Brazil, following Valerie Gauvin's opener, had forced a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes. France will face either reigning champions the United States or Spain in the last eight in Paris on Friday. Pre-tournament favourit More

Norway dump Australia out of women's World Cup | 6/22/2019 9:00 pm

NICE, France (AFP) — Sam Kerr was one of two Australian players to miss a penalty as Norway beat the Matildas 4-1 in a shoot-out following an engrossing 1-1 draw yesterday to reach the quarter-finals of the women's World Cup. Ingrid Engen converted the decisive spot kick for the Norwegians after both Kerr and Emily Gielnik had failed to convert for the Australians in Nice. Norway had earlier taken the lead through Isabell Herlovsen before being pegged back by Elise Kellond-Knight scoring More

'This is just the beginning!' | 6/21/2019 6:20 pm

Much was expected of Reggae Girlz striker Khadija "Bunny" Shaw heading into the Fifa Women's World Cup in France. While she did not get on the score sheet as she is accustomed to, the prolific player was once again instrumental in ensuring that their debut campaign was a success in its own way. The early exit from the group stage without a point was by no means what Shaw and her teammates had hoped for, but their resilience, passion and commitment through circumstances and even while staring d More

USA advance with Sweden win, Cameroon snatch dramatic last 16 spot | 6/20/2019 7:40 pm

LE HAVRE, France (AFP) — The United States made it a perfect three wins out of three at the Women's World Cup yesterday by beating Sweden 2-0 to top Group F, as Chile missed a late penalty to lose out on the knockout stages at the death. The Americans will continue their bid to defend their world title against Spain in Reims on Monday after a win that saw them make it 18 goals for the tournament and break the 24-year-old record for the number of goals scored in the group stage held by Nor More