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Jun 28, 2015

Soccer-World Cup semis offer fascinating contrasts, global spread

EDMONTON, June 28 (Reuters) – The Women’s World Cup semi-finals promise more thrills and excitement, bringing together three powerhouses of the game along with surprise package England.

In Montreal on Tuesday, Germany, world champions in 2003 and 2007, take on the United States, triumphant in 1991 and 1999 and winners of the last three Olympic gold medals.

Jun 28, 2015

Matildas need better technique for future progress-coach

EDMONTON (Reuters) – Australia coach Alen Stajcic believes their best-ever Women’s World Cup run can be the foundation for future success but warns the country’s players need to develop better technical skills.

The Matildas had never won a knockout stage game before but, after emerging from a strong Group D, they upset Brazil and were three minutes from taking holders Japan into extra time.

Jun 28, 2015

Soccer-Matildas need better technique for future progress-coach

EDMONTON, June 28 (Reuters) – Australia coach Alen Stajcic believes their best-ever Women’s World Cup run can be the foundation for future success but warns the country’s players need to develop better technical skills.

The Matildas had never won a knockout stage game before but, after emerging from a strong Group D, they upset Brazil and were three minutes from taking holders Japan into extra time.

Jun 27, 2015

Japan beat Australia 1-0 with late goal

EDMONTON (Reuters) – Defending champions Japan reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup thanks to an 87th minute goal from substitute Mana Iwabuchi that gave them a 1-0 win over battling Australia on Saturday.

There had been little to choose between the two teams in the heat at the Commonwealth Stadium, although Japan carved out the better chances with Shinobu Ohno going close twice in the first half.

Jun 27, 2015

Soccer-Japan beat Australia 1-0 with late goal

EDMONTON, June 27 (Reuters) – Defending champions Japan reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup thanks to an 87th minute goal from substitute Mana Iwabuchi that gave them a 1-0 win over battling Australia on Saturday.

There had been little to choose between the two teams in the heat at the Commonwealth Stadium, although Japan carved out the better chances with Shinobu Ohno going close twice in the first half.

Jun 26, 2015

U.S. forward Wambach escapes with warning for ref comments

EDMONTON (Reuters) – United States striker Abby Wambach has escaped with nothing more than a warning from FIFA after she said a referee at the women’s World Cup had targeted two of her team mates on the verge of suspension.

Wambach, who later apologised for the comments, said French referee Stephanie Frappart had “purposefully” gone after midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday in the United States’ last 16 win over Colombia.

Jun 26, 2015

Soccer-US forward Wambach escapes with warning for ref comments

EDMONTON, June 25 (Reuters) – United States striker Abby Wambach has escaped with nothing more than a warning from FIFA after she said a referee at the women’s World Cup had targeted two of her team mates on the verge of suspension.

Wambach, who later apologised for the comments, said French referee Stephanie Frappart had “purposefully” gone after midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday in the United States’ last 16 win over Colombia.

Jun 26, 2015

Pressure on Americans ahead of China test

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Almost two decades on from the World Cup final win over China that catapulted the United States women’s team to prominence, the two sides meet again on Friday in the tournament’s quarter-finals and the pressure is all on the Americans.

The U.S won their second World Cup title in 1999 in Pasadena after a dramatic penalty shootout against the Chinese, a victory considered as having helped women’s soccer become part of the sporting landscape in the country.

Jun 26, 2015

Soccer-Pressure on Americans ahead of China test

June 25 (Reuters) – Almost two decades on from the World Cup final win over China that catapulted the United States women’s team to prominence, the two sides meet again on Friday in the tournament’s quarter-finals and the pressure is all on the Americans.

The U.S won their second World Cup title in 1999 in Pasadena after a dramatic penalty shootout against the Chinese, a victory considered as having helped women’s soccer become part of the sporting landscape in the country.

Jun 25, 2015

Australia face tough, but familiar, foe in Japan

EDMONTON (Reuters) – After some tough physical battles en route to the last eight of the Women’s World Cup, Australia will face a very different challenge against defending champions Japan in Saturday’s quarter-final.

But while Japan’s impressive short-passing and quick movement game is in contrast to the more direct teams the Matildas have faced so far, the Japanese are familiar foes.

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