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Jul 2, 2015

Soccer-Referees in unwanted spotlight ahead of World Cup final

VANCOUVER, July 2 (Reuters) – A run of controversial calls has raised worries that officiating has not kept pace with the quality of play at the Women’s World Cup, putting an unwanted spotlight on referees ahead of Sunday’s final.

Both the United States and Japan reached the championship match with help from arguable calls in their semi-finals that have put into question the overall caliber of officiating.

Jun 30, 2015

Germay, U.S. set for ‘very heated’ World Cup semi-final

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – The German juggernaut will run into the United States wall when the top-ranked nations clash on Tuesday at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium with a spot in the Women’s World Cup final on the line.

Top-ranked Germany and the world number two U.S. team bring contrasting styles to a semi-final with all the makings of a classic as each powerhouse looks to move one step closer to capturing their third World Cup.

Jun 30, 2015

Soccer-Germay, U.S. set for ‘very heated’ World Cup semi-final

June 29 (Reuters) – The German juggernaut will run into the United States wall when the top-ranked nations clash on Tuesday at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium with a spot in the Women’s World Cup final on the line.

Top-ranked Germany and the world number two U.S. team bring contrasting styles to a semi-final with all the makings of a classic as each powerhouse looks to move one step closer to capturing their third World Cup.

Jun 28, 2015

World Cup hangover brings Canada new headaches

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada awoke with a Women’s World Cup hangover on Sunday, while England supporters prepared to party on as their team headed to Edmonton and a showdown with Japan for a spot in the championship final.

The semi-final clash between the defending champions and surprise package England scheduled for Wednesday was timed to be a July 1 Canada Day celebration with the host team providing the sporting fireworks.

Jun 28, 2015

Analysis – World Cup hangover brings Canada new headaches

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada awoke with a Women’s World Cup hangover on Sunday, while England supporters prepared to party on as their team headed to Edmonton and a showdown with Japan for a spot in the championship final.

The semi-final clash between the defending champions and surprise package England scheduled for Wednesday was timed to be a July 1 Canada Day celebration with the host team providing the sporting fireworks.

Jun 28, 2015

Soccer-World Cup hangover brings Canada new headaches

VANCOUVER, June 28 (Reuters) – Canada awoke with a Women’s World Cup hangover on Sunday, while England supporters prepared to party on as their team headed to Edmonton and a showdown with Japan for a spot in the championship final.

The semi-final clash between the defending champions and surprise package England scheduled for Wednesday was timed to be a July 1 Canada Day celebration with the host team providing the sporting fireworks.

Jun 28, 2015

Soccer-England bring Canada’s World Cup party to an end

VANCOUVER, June 27 (Reuters) – England scored twice in three first-half minutes then held on to beat hosts Canada 2-1 on Saturday and book a spot in the Women’s World Cup semi-finals against Japan.

The hosts had been hoping to secure the semi-final spot against the defending champions on Canada Day, July 1, in Edmonton but instead it was England who moved into the last four of a World Cup for the first time.

Jun 28, 2015

England beat Canada to end host’s World Cup party

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – England scored twice in the opening half and then held on to reach the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup with a tense 2-1 win over Canada on Saturday.

England move onto Edmonton and a Wednesday meeting with defending champions Japan for a place in the final.

Jun 28, 2015

Soccer-England beat Canada to end host’s World Cup party

VANCOUVER, June 27 (Reuters) – England scored twice in the opening half and then held on to reach the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup with a tense 2-1 win over Canada on Saturday.

England move onto Edmonton and a Wednesday meeting with defending champions Japan for a place in the final.

Jun 27, 2015

England ready to take on ‘aggressive’ Canada

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson expects his players to bring their best to their Women’s World Cup quarter-final against Canada and challenged officials to do the same on Friday.

With a raucous capacity crowd of close to 55,000 expected to fill BC Place for Saturday’s clash, Sampson put down an early marker urging the game officials not to swayed or intimidated. He also said that Canada had already benefited from some home cooking so far in the tournament.