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Jun 29, 2015

Soccer – England hoping to benefit from Commonwealth spirit

EDMONTON (Reuters) – England’s Lionesses may have ruined Canada’s Women’s World Cup party but they are now hoping the local fans switch their loyalties to backing them as the tournament underdogs.

The day after a 2-1 win over the Canadians in Vancouver, England flew to Edmonton to begin preparing for Wednesday’s semi-final against holders Japan at the Commonwealth Stadium.

Jun 28, 2015

England coach optimistic keeper Bardsley healthy for semi

EDMONTON (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson is optimistic goalkeeper Karen Bardsley will recover from a mystery eye problem in time for the Women’s World Cup semi-final against Japan on Wednesday.

Bardsley had to be withdrawn in the 52nd minute of England’s 2-1 win over Canada in Vancouver on Saturday after suffering an eye inflammation. She was replaced by Siobhan Chamberlain.

Jun 28, 2015

Soccer-England coach optimistic keeper Bardsley healthy for semi

EDMONTON, June 28 (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson is optimistic goalkeeper Karen Bardsley will recover from a mystery eye problem in time for the Women’s World Cup semi-final against Japan on Wednesday.

Bardsley had to be withdrawn in the 52nd minute of England’s 2-1 win over Canada in Vancouver on Saturday after suffering an eye inflammation. She was replaced by Siobhan Chamberlain.

Jun 28, 2015

England hoping to benefit from Commonwealth spirit

EDMONTON (Reuters) – England’s Lionesses may have ruined Canada’s Women’s World Cup party but they are now hoping the local fans switch their loyalties to backing them as the tournament underdogs.

The day after a 2-1 win over the Canadians in Vancouver, England flew to Edmonton to begin preparing for Wednesday’s semi-final against holders Japan at the Commonwealth Stadium.

Jun 28, 2015

World Cup semis offer fascinating contrasts, global spread

EDMONTON (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. Then on Wednesday in Edmonton, defending world champions Japan face an England team that on Saturday upset hosts Canada to reach the last four for the first time.

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.

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