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United States are through to the quarter finals of the World Cup, setting up a mouthwatering meeting with hosts France, but only after narrowly overcoming Spain 2-1 thanks to two Megan Rapinoe penalties.
The USA took the lead with seven minutes on the clock after Tobin Heath was brought down in the area by Mapi Leon, Rapinoe stroking home from the spot. However Spain's response was a swift one as Becky Sauerbrunn was dispossessed by Jennifer Hermoso who took full advantage by neatly clipping over Alyssa Naeher for the equaliser.
Spain were visibly lifted by the goal and passed the ball around confidently, with the USA looking vulnerable for the first time in the competition. However they were dealt a blow when key midfielder Vicky Losada was forced off with a swollen eye following an earlier knock but were fully deserving of being on level terms at the break.
The pattern of the game continued in the second half with not too many chances for either side and Spain more than matching the tournament favourites. Things remained in the balance until sixteen minutes from time, when Rose Lavelle went down under a challenge from Virginia Torrecilla and another penalty was awarded. With Alex Morgan waiting to take the kick, a lengthy VAR check resulted in no change to the decision although contact had been minimal. In the meantime, the USA had changed their penalty taker with Rapinoe now stepping up and she confidently found the corner of the net.
Rapinoe almost made it a hat-trick moments later with an outrageous volley from out wide which sailed inches wide of the far post. Naeher made a good save from a strike by Garcia but USA were otherwise able to close the game out for a hard earned win.
Another close tie saw Sweden emerge as 1-0 winners against Canada, to set up a quarter final meeting with Germany.
A largely uneventful first half saw barely a chance of note with both team cancelling each other out. The game burst into life after the break when Elin Rubensson's pass released Kosovare Asllani on the left and from her cross, Stina Blackstenius beat the advancing Stephanie Labbe to the ball to lift it over her for the opening goal.
Canada then had a glorious chance to equalise when Asllani was adjudged to have handballed from a shot by Desiree Scott, following a VAR review. Janine Beckie stepped up to take the resulting penalty but her shot was kept out by a fine save from Hedvig Lindahl, who dived to her right to palm away.
That proved to be the only major scare for Sweden as they defended solidly for the remainder of the game and Canada struggled to break them down. Too often the final pass let them down, with legendary striker Christine Sinclair only managing one attempt on goal.
World Cup hosts France survived their biggest test so far as they defeated Brazil 2-1 after extra time to reach the quarter finals.
France once again struggled to create clear cut chances against their well organised opponents but thought they had taken the lead midway through the first half when Kadidiatou Diani floated a cross into the area and Valerie Gauvin challenged Brazil goalkeeper Barbara, the ball ending up in the net. The goal was initially given but celebrations were cut short after a long, long VAR review when a foul was finally given.
The two teams continued to cancel each other out for the remainder of the first half but seven minutes after the restart, Diani broke down the right and her low cross was slid home by Gauvin from close range.
Brazil reacted well to going behind; first Cristiane saw a header tipped onto the bar by Sarah Bouhaddi and then, after good work by Debinha, Thaisa drilled home a low shot into the far corner. An offside flag was raised but VAR overturned this decision and Brazil were back on level terms.
Eugenie Le Sommer wasted a great chance to win it for France, meaning that the game went until extra time. The pace of the game did not drop, with both teams going all out for goal, and a superb piece of defending was to keep France from going behind. Debinha cut in from the left past two defenders and her shot beat Bouhaddi but a covering Griedge Mbock Bathy was well placed to block the ball on the line.
This clearance was to have even greater significance in the second period of extra time. Amel Majri drove a free kick from deep into the area and Amandine Henry got inside her marker to steer the ball past Barbara and put France back in front.
There were no scares for France this time as they successfully ran down the clock for a hard earned win and they now await either the United States or Spain in the quarter finals.
England 3 (Houghton 15, White 45, Greenwood 58)
England cruised into the quarter finals of the World Cup with a comfortable victory over Cameroon at the Stade du Hainaut.
However the game is likely to be remembered for the antics of the Cameroon players during the match, in particular their reactions to two VAR decisions either side of half time when they seemed unwilling to carry on playing.
The game did start quietly but England were to get the early goal they craved, after Cameroon goalkeeper Annette Ngo Ndom picked up the ball as it was played back to her by Augustine Ejangue, following a cross by Nikita Parris. A free kick was awarded on the edge of the six yard area and it was touched aside by Toni Duggan for Steph Houghton, Ngo Ndom got a touch to her shot but it had too much power and found the inside of the far post.
Toni Duggan curled a shot wide from the edge of the area shortly afterwards but England were at times, once again, sloppy in possession at the back and gave the ball away cheaply at times.
As the first half went into injury time, Lucy Bronze carried the ball forward and slipped a good ball through to Ellen White, who fired in from the edge of the area. The offside flag was raised against the England striker but VAR - correctly - overruled the decision and the goal was allowed to stand.
The reaction of the Cameroon players was astonishing as they continued their protests and then gathered in a huddle whilst refusing to restart play. The referee did nothing to deal with the situation but they did eventually kick off again and the half time whistle blew moments later.
The mood of the Cameroon players was not lifted in the opening minutes of the second half as Ajara Nchout produced an emphatic finish from a cut back by Gabrielle Onguene but VAR ruled that Onguene was marginally offside beforehand and the goal was disallowed. Once again, they vehemently protested the decision and there was another long stoppage before the game was able to resume.
Cameroon had another great chance to pull one back from a dreadful back pass by Alex Greenwood, who passed it straight to Alexandra Takounda Engolo, but Karen Bardsley came to the rescue with a vital block.
That mistake was an indication that the England players were in danger of losing concentration but Greenwood was to make amends five minutes later as she swept home a corner by Duggan from close range to put England three ahead.
White almost made it four from a chipped pass by Fran Kirby but her attempted lob drifted just over. The striker was then withdrawn for Jodie Taylor who latched on to a fumble by Ngo Ndom and tried to set up Kirby but she was crowded out by the Cameroon defence.
Taylor got in behind the defence again and dinked her shot over the advancing keeper but it just lacked enough power and Estelle Johnson did well to get back and clear off the line.
Takoundo Engolo missed another good opportunity later on, whilst Taylor shanked a shot a goal late on but this led to another VAR review on what could have been a foul on Kirby in the area, although this time the referee appeared to opt to be discreet and award a goal kick.
There was a huge scare for England at the end of the game when Houghton was on the receiving end of a dreadful challenge by Takoundo Engolo, who raked her studs down her leg. Not for the first time during the match, the referee ducked out of showing a red card and only brandished yellow.
England had controlled the game without ever needing to be at their best and never looked in any doubt of losing the game. They will know that tougher tests await than this one, not least the quarter final tie with Norway on Thursday.
England: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Keira Walsh, Steph Houghton, Millie Bright, Nikita Parris (sub Leah Williamson 83mins), Jill Scott (sub Lucy Staniforth 77mins), Ellen White (sub Jodie Taylor 64mins), Fran Kirby, Toni Duggan.
Cameroon: Annette Ngo Ndom, Michaela Abam (sub Ninon Abena 67mins), Ajara Nchout, Yvonne Leuko, Augustine Ejangue (sub Ysis Sonkeng 64mins), Estelle Johnson, Gabrielle Onguene, Raissa Feudijo, Gaelle Enganamouit (sub Alexandra Takounda Engolo 53mins), Jeannette Yango, Aurelle Awona.
Norway are through to the World Cup quarter finals for the first time in twelve years after getting the better of Australia on a penalty shootout following a pulsating 1-1 draw in Nice.
In a classic end-to-end tie, the deadlock was broken just after the half hour as Sam Kerr was denied by a good block from Maria Thorisdottir, Norway immediately going on the counter attack and Caroline Graham Hansen played in Isabell Herlovsen who calmly tucked the ball past Lydia Williams.
Australia thought they had a chance to equalise just before half time when Thorisdottir was penalised for handball in the area, however with Kerr waiting to take the resulting penalty, a lengthy VAR review overturned the decision, stating the offence was committed outside the area.
Kerr had a goal ruled out for offside after the break as Australia piled players forward in search of an equaliser and it came with seven minutes remaining, a low inswinging corner from Elise Kellond-Knight went through a sea of legs in the area and into the net.
Both teams tried to force a winner and prevent extra time, Norway coming agonisingly close to winning it in injury time as she curled in a shot from the edge of the area but it hit the inside of the post and bounced across the face of goal before going to safety.
Early in extra time, Lisa-Marie Utland broke away on goal before being brought down by Alanna Kennedy and the Australian defender was shown a red card as a result. Utland herself was extremely lucky not to join her after what appeared to be a shocking lunge on Williams shortly afterwards but she was only yellow carded.
Williams was in outstanding form in goal and pulled off excellent saves from Hansen and Vilde Boe Risa, who also hit the bar with a strike from 35 yards. Australia almost snatched it late on as Tameka Yallop had a shot charged down but neither could make a breakthrough and penalties were the result.
Norway found the net with each of their first three kicks but Kerr lifted her shot well over and Ingrid Hjelmseth saved from Emily Gielnik. Steph Catley did give Australia hope but Ingrid Systad Engen kept her cool to find the corner of the net and book Norway's place in the last eight, where they will play either England or Cameroon.
Earlier in the day, Germany eased into the last eight once again as they defeated Nigeria 3-0 in Grenoble. They took the lead on twenty minutes, albeit once again tinged with controversy, Svenja Huth being in an offside position as Alexandra Popp headed in but she was deemed to be not interfering with play.
VAR was once again involved for the second, ruling that Evelyn Nwabuoku had fouled Lina Magull in the area as she cleared the ball, and Sara Dabritz slotted home the resulting penalty.
Desire Oparanozie was close to pulling one back for Nigeria after the break but apart from that, the Germans were rarely troubled and Lea Schuller rounded off the win with eight minutes remaining. Germany's quiet advancement through the tournament therefore continues and they will await the winners of the tie between Sweden and Canada.
Hibernian and Cardiff Met Women are set to meet in the Qualifying Round of the 2019-20 UEFA Women's Champions League, after the draw for this stage was made in Nyon.
Both teams must travel to Slovenia and will play each other in their qualifying group, along with FC Nike of Georgia and group hosts WFC Pomurje Beltinci.
Linfield Ladies meanwhile will make a much shorter trip to Belgium but face a daunting task in a very tough group which also includes hosts Anderlecht, LSK Kvinner FK or Norway - beaten quarter finalists last season - and Greek champions PAOK. Wexford Youths will be up against KF Vllaznia of Albania, Maltese side Birkirkara FC and hosts Gintra Universitetas of Lithuania.
Only the winners of the ten qualifying groups will go through to the Round of 32 and join the clubs which receive byes, which include Arsenal, Manchester City and Glasgow City.
2019-20 UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying round draw:
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The Scottish FA have announced Be Charlotte's song ‘Dreamers' as the official track of the 18th UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship.
Scotland play host to the tournament for the first time between 16 - 28 July 2019.
Supporters first heard the track when Be Charlotte performed pre-match to the gathered supporters at the recent Scottish Women's National Team World Cup warm up match against Jamaica on 28th May at Hampden Park.
Be Charlotte artiste, Charlotte Brimner hails from Dundee but is now based in Berlin. She has been signed to record label Columbia/Sony Music, joining the likes of global superstars Adele and Beyonce.
Charlotte said: "It was an honour to play at Hampden Park and to have my song selected as the official track of the UEFA Women's Under 19 Championship.
"There is such a feel-good factor around the women's game and I cannot wait to hear the song being played out across stadiums before the matches. The tournament is a celebration of talented young women from many different countries and I hope that my song can help inspire some more people to dream big and pursue their own dreams."
Scott Galloway, Tournament Director, UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship, said: "We are delighted Charlotte is supporting the Championship with this song. The inspiring lyrics really resonate with the hopes of all the players and the Scottish FA is very excited to release a song of such quality in support of the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship."
Group matches for the tournament will take place at Forthbank Stadium, McDiarmid Park and Firhill in Glasgow, with the Final being played on Sunday 28th July at St Mirren Park.
Scotland start their campaign against France on Tuesday 16th July with England v Germany another mouthwatering tie on the opening day of the Championship. Reigning champions Spain, aiming for a third title in a row, open their account against Belgium.
Tickets are now on sale via scottishfa.co.uk/wu19euro. Group stage matches are priced £2 for adults, £1 for concession with the semi finals and Final priced at £5 & £2 respectively.
Dreamers can be heard at www.scottishfa.co.uk/wu19euro.
United States made it three wins out three to finish on top of Group F, beating Sweden 2-0 in Le Havre.
Top spot was on offer for the winners of the game but USA were in control from the third minute, when an unmarked Lindsey Horan gave them the lead when scoring from close range following a corner.
The game was put beyond doubt early in the second half, but not without yet another VAR controversy. Megan Rapinoe's cross saw Linda Sembrant miscue her clearance and the ball fell for Tobin Heath, whose shot deflected in off Jonna Andersson. However, Carli Lloyd was clearly in an offside position from the cross and she challenged Sembrant's attempt to clear - but the midfielder was somehow adjudged to not be interfering with play.
Chile meanwhile went into their game with Thailand needing a three-goal lead to progress and after a goalless first half, they went in front in rather fortuitous fashion when Yanara Aedo's shot came back off the post and hit goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing before going into the net.
With ten minutes remaining, Maria Jose Urrutia headed in a second and Chile had their sights firmly fixed on a meeting with England in the last sixteen.
This became more of a reality when Boonsing brought down Urrutia in the area and Chile were awarded a penalty. Francisca Lara stepped to take the kick but, to her horror, the ball came back off the bar.
Chile threw everything they could at Thailand late on with Urrutia coming closest when her shot hit the post. Even goalkeeper Cristiane Endler came up for a corner late on but it was not to be and Chile were to end up heartbreakingly short.
The Netherlands took top spot in Group E with a hard earned 2-1 victory in their decider against Canada.
Canada were awarded a penalty in the second minute when Janine Beckie was brought down by Desiree van Lunteren but, after consultation with VAR, the foul was deemed to have taken place outside the area.
The first half ended goalless but the Dutch took the lead soon after the restart, Sherida Spitse floating a free kick into the area for Anouk Dekker to get inbetween two defenders and head in past Stephanie Labbe.
Canada reacted well to going behind and were back on level terms by the hour mark, Jordyn Huitema crossing for Christine Sinclair to score at the far post.
The Netherlands were not to be denied though and with fifteen minutes remaining, substitute Lineth Beerensteyn - who had come on for Lieke Martens - got on the end of a van Lunteren cross to prod home from close range and seal a third straight win for her side.
Cameroon and New Zealand met each other, knowing that a victory for either side would be likely to take them through to the last sixteen.
Cameroon had the better of the first half with the speedy Ajara Nchout latched onto a ball over the top and tried to lob Erin Nayler but her shot just lacked enough height and it was saved. Nayler then made a good smothering save to deny Gabrielle Onguene.
Nchout had been a constant threat throughout the match and she gave Cameroon the lead just before the hour with a neat finish after evading two defenders.
With ten minutes remaining, Aurelle Awona sliced a clearance into her own net to level the scores and the Football Ferns almost went in front when Betsy Hassett's header brought out an excellent save from Annette Ngo Ndom.
The game was to have a sting in its tail though and Nchout was to have the final say, cutting in before curling a shot past Nayler to give Cameroon a winning goal and a date with England in the last sixteen.
Argentina 3 (Menendez 74, Alexander og 79, Bonsegundo pen 90)>
Scotland 3 (Little 19, Beattie 49, Cuthbert 69)
Argentina 3 (Menendez 74, Alexander og 79, Bonsegundo pen 90)
Scotland's World Cup dream suffered the cruellest of exits as a retaken injury time penalty gave Argentina a late draw and eliminated both teams as a result.
Once more, VAR was left as the main talking point as Lee Alexander was adjudged to have moved off her line when saving the initial kick, but also the almost complete lack of injury time action due to the VAR checks, with a poor official not adding on any more time and denying both teams a chance of a winning goal which would have kept them in the tournament.
Most of all, Shelley Kerr and her players will reflect on a disastrous last sixteen minutes which saw Argentina claw back a three-goal deficit after Scotland seemed to have the game in the bag.
Unlike their previous two games, Scotland started the game on the front foot but it was Argentina who nearly took the lead when Florencia Bonsegundo's cross was headed against the bar by Mariana Larroquette.
Two minutes later though, Erin Cuthbert did well to break into the area and fire in a shot which Vanina Correa saved, but Cuthbert reacted quickest to cut the ball back for Kim Little to slide home the opening goal.
Scotland went into half time with their one-goal lead and were given a dream start to the second half when, after a corner had been cleared back to her, Caroline Weir whipped in a teasing cross and Jennifer Beattie powered a firm header past Correa for the second.
Cuthbert went close when her shot was tipped wide by Correa but the striker was not to be denied, following up to score after Leanne Crichton's header had come back off the post.
Argentina had surprisingly brought on Milagros Menendez for talented captain Estefania Banini but the substitution proved to be a fruitful one as she latched onto a pass from Dalila Ippolito to slide the ball past Alexander and reduce the arrears.
Suddenly, just five minutes later, the anxiety increased for Scotland when a strike from Bonsegundo hit the bar and went in off Alexander, putting the match back in the balance.
Argentina piled forward for the equaliser but Scotland clung on until controversy reared its head in the dying minutes. First, play was waved on as Argentina quickly took a free kick as Fiona Brown was coming on as a late substitute, then after Sophie Howard's challenge on Aldana Cometti was adjudged to have been a good one, VAR then intervened to rule that it was a penalty.
The penalty decision was undoubtedly a correct one but then, Alexander pulled off an excellent save from Bonsegundo. She was mobbed by her team mates but joy turned to despair as she was ruled to have moved off her line by the slenderest of margins and, from the retake, Bonsegundo kept her cool to send Alexander the wrong way and level the scores.
More controversy was to follow as the referee refused to allow any more stoppage time despite the six-minute delay over the penalty and beat a hasty retreat off the pitch, leaving two heartbroken teams to realise what happened and that any chance of winning the match had been denied to them.
Scotland: Lee Alexander, Kirsty Smith (sub Sophie Howard 86mins), Nicola Docherty, Rachel Corsie, Jennifer Beattie, Leanne Crichton, Claire Emslie, Kim Little, Caroline Weir, Erin Cuthbert, Lisa Evans (sub Fiona Brown 86mins).
Argentina: Vanina Correa, Agustina Barroso, Eliana Stabile, Mariana Larroquette, Vanesa Santana (sub Miriam Mayorga 82mins), Aldana Cometti, Lorena Benitez, Linda Bravo, Sole Jaimes (sub Dalila Ippolito 70mins), Estefania Banini (sub Milagros Menendez 60mins), Florencia Bonsegundo.
England 2 (White 14,84)
Ellen White scored both goals as England concluded their group matches with a 100% record following victory in Nice.
The two-goal margin was admittedly a flattering one with White the difference between the two sides, her finishing was clinical whilst Japan missed a number of opportunities after dominating most of the second half.
Phil Neville made eight changes to the starting line up but this did not show in the early stages as the team settled down quickly into their now familiar passing game.
For all the early England possession though, it was Japan who nearly opened the scoring in spectacular fashion on nine minutes. Awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal, Kumi Yokoyama drilled a shot which looked destined for the top corner but Karen Bardsley pulled off a brilliant save, tipping the ball onto the bar.
That save looked even more important five minutes later as Georgia Stanway slid a pass into the path of Ellen White who lifted the ball over the oncoming Ayaka Yamashita to give England the lead.
England sought a second and pounded their opponents for the next ten minutes. Jill Scott drove a shot which was saved by Yamashita, who then did even better to turn away a powerful strike by Stanway from the resulting corner.
Japan managed to ride out the storm and began to assert their authority a lot more on the game, but it could well have been two for England as a lobbed pass by Keira Walsh over the Japanese defence was chased down by Rachel Daly but she shot straight at Yamashita who palmed it over the bar.
After the break, Japan pushed their players further forward to try and stop England passing the ball out from the back, putting pressure on Walsh in particular, and this proved successful as the back four produced a number of wayward passes which gave away possession.
England did put together a good move though, which almost resulted in a second goal, resulting in Lucy Bronze sending in a far post cross for Toni Duggan but her volley lacked power and Yamashita was able to get down and palm the ball away.
It needed a superbly timed tackle by Steph Houghton at the other end to prevent Yuika Sugasawa from getting in a shot on goal, after the ball had been given away once more.
Sugasawa poked a shot inches wide after beating Bardsley to a cross from the excellent Mana Iwabuchi but minutes later, England doubled their lead completely against the run of play. Karen Carney threaded a neat through pass into the path of White who buried her shot under the dive of Yamashita for her second goal on the night.
Still Japan continued to attack as the game came to a close, Bardsley stopped a shot from Sugasawa with her legs and Houghton did well to beat Endo to the rebound and stab the ball away. Sugasawa then missed a couple more good chances as her team were left to rue a wasteful night, but England can look forward to facing a third placed team in the last sixteen, mindful of needing to improve on the second half performance.
England: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh (sub Jade Moore 71mins), Steph Houghton, Millie Bright, Rachel Daly, Jill Scott, Ellen White, Georgia Stanway (sub Karen Carney 73mins), Toni Duggan (sub Nikita Parris 83mins).
Japan: Ayaka Yamashita, Risa Shimizu, Saki Kumagai, Nana Ichise, Aya Sameshima, Rikako Kobayashi (sub Narumi Miura 59mins), Emi Nakajima, Hina Sugita, Jun Endo (sub Saori Takarada 85mins), Kumi Yokoyama (sub Yuika Sugasawa 59mins), Mana Iwabuchi.
Group C ended in dramatic fashion and on a very tight note as all of the top three teams in the group finished level on points with each other.
Italy had gone into their match with Brazil in impressive form, having won both opening games, whilst their opponents needed to avoid defeat in order to be sure of progressing.
Italy looked bright during the first half, with Cristiana Girelli having a goal disallowed for offside, but began to look tired after the break whilst Brazil pushed forward in search of the goal which would take them through. The introduction of Beatrix as a second half substitute gave Brazil greater firepower going forward and she went very close to scoring, but with sixteen minutes remaining, Debinha was bodychecked in the area by Elena Linari and a penalty was awarded. This gave Marta the chance to slot home from the spot to give Brazil a 1-0 win and see her become the World Cup's highest goalscorer of all time.
Australia meanwhile defeated Jamaica 4-1 to take second place, and came close to toppling Italy as group winners at one stage.
It was the Matildas' star striker Sam Kerr who stole the show as she netted all four goals for her side, taking her to the top of the scoring charts alongside Alex Morgan in the process.
Kerr produced emphatic finishes from an Emily Gielnik cross and Katrina Gorry through ball to put Austraila two ahead at the interval, but four minutes into the second half, the Reggae Girlz scored their first goal of the tournament as Khadija Shaw's pass picked out Havana Solaun who rounded the keeper before scoring.
Jamaica pressed for an equaliser with Shaw going close but with twenty minutes remaining, Kerr took advantage of a defensive error to complete her hat-trick and she went on to add a fourth after Jamaica goalkeeper Nicole McClure missed her kick.
France gave something of a nervous display as they won 1-0 against Nigeria in Rennes to finish top of Group A with a 100% record.
Already assured of going through, France missed a string of chances during the game until VAR once again reared its head and played a huge part in the goal which gave them a third straight win, and leaves Nigeria waiting on their future in the tournament.
In front of a partisan crowd, France - who surprisingly omitted Eugenie Le Sommer from their starting line up - could not get through a well drilled Nigerian defence and did not manage an attempt on target until midway through the second half.
However, as their pressure increased with Amandine Henry and Gaetene Thiney pushing on in midfield, they were handed a chance to open the scoring when VAR ruled that Vivianne Asseyi had been fouled in the area and a penalty was awarded. Wendie Renard stepped up and her shot came back off the post, however the video referee intervened once again and stated that Nigerian goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie had moved off her line. Therefore, Renard had a second chance to score and this time she made no mistake, slotting home for the only goal of the game.
Norway also safely made it through to the last sixteen with a 2-1 win against South Korea in Reims.
Needing a win to make absolutely sure, any early Norwegian nerves were settled when Caroline Hansen gave them the lead from the penalty spot after Cho So-Hyun had been adjudged to have brought down Maria Thorisdottir in the area.
Six minutes into the second half, Hansen herself was fouled in the box and was not able to take Norway's second penalty, Isabell Herlovsen this time stroking home from the spot.
South Korea did not give up and grabbed themselves a deserved consolation with twelve minutes remaining, when a clever backheel by Lee Geum-Mim set up Yeo Min-Ji who, despite being tugged back by Maren Mjelde, was able to slide the ball in from six yards.
Germany cruised into the last sixteen as Group B winners with a comfortable 4-0 victory over South Africa and will play one of the best third placed teams in the knockout stages.
Melanie Leupolz headed them into the lead in the fourteenth minute, with her first international goal in three years, Sara Dabritz took care of a goalkeeping error to double their advantage on the half hour and Alexandra Popp made it three before half time. Lina Magull rounded off the scoring during the second half to leave the Germans in good shape as they enter the next phase of the competition.
Germany will be joined by both Spain and China after their goalless draw was enough to ensure both teams will qualify.
In a tight game of few chances, Spain had the greater of possession and dominated matters but once again found it difficult to break down their opposition's defence. Lucia Garcia shot wide early on, whilst Jennifer Hermoso drew a good save from Peng Shimeng just before half time, but these were rare opportunities to end the stalemate. China meanwhile mustered only one shot during the entire game but they were happy to pick up the point they needed to guarantee qualification as a third placed team.
United States and Sweden have become the latest countries to book their place in the last sixteen of the World Cup, with a game to spare.
Sweden were first in action and ensured themselves a top two place by beating Thailand 5-1. Thailand competed well throughout the game but the Swedes were too strong overall and they eased into the lead when Linda Sembrandt headed in from close range after six minutes, before Kosovare Asllani and Fridolina Rolfo added further goals ahead of half time.
Lina Hurtig headed in the fourth goal but in the later stages, Thailand got the goal they craved when captain Kanjana Sung-Ngoen broke through to fire home. Sweden were to have the final say with the last kick of the game via a penalty, harshly awarded through VAR for handball. Elin Rubensson stepped up to finish emphatically from the spot and make it two wins out of two for her game.
USA meanwhile won 3-0 against Chile and continue to look ominously strong. Although there was no repeat of the goal blitz in their opener against Thailand, all three came during the first half with Carli Lloyd putting them ahead after eleven minutes.
Julie Ertz and Lloyd added the others, both scoring with headers from corners, but they could not increase their lead after the break, mainly due to outstanding Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler who pulled off a number of fine saves. The USA also hit the woodwork three times whilst Lloyd passed up a golden chance to complete her hat-trick when she shot wide from a penalty.
Vivianne Miedema rewrote the record books once again as the Netherlands booked their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Cameroon in Valenciennes.
Roared on by a huge following which made it seem like a home match, the Dutch found it hard to get going against a Cameroon side which once again defended as efficiently as they had in their previous match against Canada.
However four minutes before half time, Shanice van de Sanden exchanged passes with Danielle van de Donk before crossing for Miedema to steer a header into the corner of the net from six yards.
Dutch delight lasted barely sixty seconds though, a long header forward was chased down by Gabrielle Onguene who nodded the ball past the oncoming Sari van Veenendaal and kept her cool to slide home the equaliser.
The Netherlands were back in front two minutes after the break, a free kick picking out Dominique Bloodworth in front of goal and although she initially missed her kick, Christine Manie sliced her clearance straight back to her and this time Bloodworth made no mistake.
Cameroon pressed forward in an attempt to get back into the game but could not make an impression on the Dutch defence and the lethal Miedema was to have the final say with five minutes remaining, cutting in from the left to unleash a powerful strike which gave Annette Ngo Ndom no chance. This goal was her 60th for her country and broke the scoring record previously held by Manon Melis.
Canada are also in the last sixteen following a dominant display as they beat New Zealand 2-0 in Grenoble.
Christine Sinclair headed against the bar early on, with Kadeisha Buchanan's follow up being cleared off the line, but the scoreline was goalless at half time despite Canada being well on top.
Three minutes after the restart, they got the breakthrough when Nichelle Prince broke down the left and crossed for Jessie Fleming to sidefoot home at the far post.
Erin Nayler produced a brilliant save to keep out a header from Prince but the striker was not to be denied, sealing the win with ten minutes remaining when she tucked home the rebound after Sinclair's initial header had come back off the post.
England 1 (Taylor 60)
England are through to the knockout stages of the World Cup, with a group game to spare, after a goal on the hour from Jodie Taylor gave them victory in Le Havre.
The performance was much improved from the second half display against Scotland but England struggled to break down a stubborn Argentina defence for most of the match and in particular their inspired goalkeeper Vanina Correa who pulled off a string of fine saves, including a Nikita Parris penalty in the first half.
Phil Neville made four changes to the starting line up from that against Scotland, drafting in Carly Telford, Abbie McManus, Jade Moore and Taylor.
England's tactic of crossing the ball in from wide produced their first real chance on 12 minutes, Nikita Parris picking out Jill Scott whose header was saved by Correa.
A good free kick routine almost led to a breakthrough, ending with Lucy Bronze's header across goal being slid past her own post by Aldana Cometti. Five minutes later though and England had their second penalty of the finals, Beth Mead feeding Alex Greenwood in the area where she was clipped by Linda Bravo. Parris stepped up to take the kick but her shot brought out an excellent diving save from Correa, tipping the ball onto the post, Taylor followed up but sent her shot well wide.
Mead was next to have an opportunity as Fran Kirby won the ball from the Argentinian defence and slid a pass through to the Arsenal striker but she was foiled by Correa, who pulled off a good save with an outstretched leg.
A free kick on the left, early in the second half, was bundled away at the far post but only as far as Parris who fired goalwards from just inside the area but Correa again came to the rescue, parrying the ball away after it came through a crowd of players.
As the hour mark came, the breakthrough came after Argentina had been caught going forward. England immediately counter attacked with Scott carrying the ball forward, she and Kirby combined to find Mead on the left, where her low cross picked out Taylor to score from close range.
England had a great chance to double their lead after a cross from Parris was half cleared by the Argentinian defence. Greenwood returned the ball into the area, neatly clipping for an unmarked Scott but she headed over from six yards with only Correa to beat.
Argentina hit back with their first shot on target in the match, a 20-yard strike from Mariana Larroquette which was saved low down by Carly Telford, but there were no scares for England as they comfortably saw the game out for the result they required to guarantee themselves a top two place.
England: Carly Telford, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Jade Moore, Steph Houghton, Abbie McManus, Nikita Parris (sub Rachel Daly 86mins), Jill Scott, Jodie Taylor, Fran Kirby (sub Karen Carney 88mins), Beth Mead (sub Georgia Stanway 80mins).
Argentina: Vanina Correa, Agustina Barruso, Eliana Stabile, Adriana Sachs, Lorena Benitez (sub Vanesa Santana 76mins), Aldana Cometti, Miriam Mayorga, Linda Bravo, Sole Jaimes (sub Yael Oviedo 89mins), Estefania Banini (sub Mariana Larroquette 67mins), Flor Bonsegundo.
Bradford City Women's Football Club are pleased to announce that plans for next season are now set in place.
The club has been working tirelessly behind the scenes over the past few months ready to embrace ‘A New Beginning' and putting last season's difficulties behind them.
As well as working towards strengthening the first team squad, Bradford will be reinstating their reserve team back into the fold. Both teams will be competing in the official FA Women's National League and Reserve League respectively for the forthcoming 2019-20 season. This is just one of many new modules that City have planned for this ‘new beginning'.
Open age (16+) trials/pre-season training start on Tuesday 25th June at 6.45pm at Rawdon Meadow playing fields then every Tuesday and Thursday at that time, plus Sunday mornings at 10.00am (dependant on friendly fixtures).
They will run continually right up until the start of the new season and the club welcome all existing and new players to trial / train. New players are asked to pre-register with Head Coach Steve Winterburn via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Winterburn kept his message short and optimistic: "It goes without saying that last season was one to forget. Since my return to City, the last five months have been extremely difficult to endure for both me and the players.
"Now it's time to look forward to a new beginning and since the club's announcement of our new plans and pre-season information, the interest shown from new players has been a breath of fresh air.
"Headlining our announcements and promotions is the title of ‘A New Beginning' and that's exactly what is happening. New chairman, new coaches, new structure, new ideas, new plans and an exciting new relationship with the men's club has now put smiles back on the faces of the hardworking people who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get this club back on track. On a personal note, I can't wait to get our pre-season underway and bring back the excitement that has been missing for so long at Bradford City Women's FC."
Goalkeeping coach Dan Nicol joined City back in November from Castleford White Rose Ladies and has nothing but praise for his young charges. He said: "From my perspective I've been extremely happy with the commitment and desire shown by the goalkeepers since I joined. Despite the results, their resilience and desire to learn has been fantastic.
"We'll regroup in a month, allowing time to sort any niggling injuries then start our high intensity pre-season activities. If they develop half as much as they did last season I'll be extremely happy!!
"On a separate note, congratulations to Phoebe Tomlin, who'll be following her dream and continuing her journey in America soon. As a result we'll be looking to welcome any keepers to training/pre-season with a view to creating some healthy competition in our ranks."
Off the field, Sally Thackray's reign as Chairperson has come to an end as she takes a well deserved retirement to spend more time with her family. Committee member Mark Hird will be stepping into Sally's considerable shoes, and has already been making good inroads into developing relationships with Bradford City AFC and has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to secure vital funding and sponsorship for the club as they look to bounce back from their season to forget. Sally was recently recognised for her contributions to women's football with an on-field presentation at Valley Parade, followed by a further presentation by the FAWNL at the recent play-off final between Blackburn Rovers and Coventry United.
Hird has a very clear view of his immediate priorities: "We are looking to go back to basics and, essentially, start the club from scratch. The aim is to build back up and regain our reputation, then push on towards the Championship.
"Next season we will be hoping to sustain our league position and, depending on the players we recruit, push for promotion. To start with, stability is the most important thing for us."
Long time Treasurer Allyson Matthews, mum of former City winger Rosie McDonnell, is also stepping down. She and Sally have been a formidable partnership at BCWFC for a number of years, virtually running the club on their own for a number of years with the support of the coaches before the committee expanded two seasons ago.
Japan 2 (Iwabuchi 22, Sugasawa pen 35)>
Scotland 1 (Clelland 87)
Japan 2 (Iwabuchi 22, Sugasawa pen 35)
Scotland's second World Cup group match ended in a second defeat despite a superb late strike from Lana Clelland in Rennes.
It was very much the same story as their opening loss to England as Scotland were outplayed for much of the game before finishing strongly, and they can point to be on the receiving end of two awful penalty decisions during the course of the game, which turned out to be significant at the end.
Shelley Kerr made three changes to her starting line up which faced England with Nicola Docherty, Claire Emslie and the injured Christie Murray all making way for Lizzie Arnot, Jane Ross and Hayley Lauder who was winning her 100th cap.
Emi Nakajima volleyed a difficult chance wide for Japan early on but Scotland were looking comfortable until the midpoint of the first half, when Japan took the lead moments after an appalling piece of officiating.
Lisa Evans was the victim of a shockingly poor offside decision, in which she was not beyond the defender at any point before receiving the ball. Japan immediately attacked and Rachel Corsie's clearance only went as far as Jun Endo, who set up Mana Iwabuchi whose shot went over the hands of Lee Alexander for the opening goal.
Scotland were clearly rattled by the goal and could have gone two behind on the half hour and another crossed ball was not dealt with, Yuika Sugasawa winning the initial header and Iwabuchi headed past Alexander but Kim Little was on hand to cover and head off the line.
However Scotland's struggles against the crossed ball led to disaster on 35 minutes, but once again they were on the receiving end of a bad decision. Despite minimal contact at best by Corsie on Sugasawa, the striker hit the deck and a penalty was awarded. Sugasawa picked herself up to stroke home confidently from the spot and double Japan's lead.
Erin Cuthbert was inches away from pulling a goal back with a shot from the edge of the area which was narrowly over but Japan almost made it three on the stroke of half time as Nakajima cut the ball back from the goal line for Hina Sugita whose shot from eight yards came back off the bar.
The introduction of Emslie as substitute just before the hour gave Scotland fresh impetus and drive going forward but they continued to struggle to create anything clear cut, whilst Japan continued to play their possession game and make things tough for their opponents. Alexander was again called into action as she held a long range effort from Aya Sameshima after Kirsty Smith had been dispossessed.
Lana Clelland's first involvement after coming on saw her win a free kick near the goal line, where Caroline Weir's cross saw Jennifer Beattie challenge at the far post, the ball dropping for Cuthbert whose angled shot came back off the post.
Evans drilled a long range shot which was well saved by Ayaka Yamashita and Scotland were also denied what looked a clear penalty when Risa Shimizu controlled with her arm in the area, but it was ignored by the officials.
However an improved spell by Scotland brought its reward with three minutes remaining. Lana Clelland seized on a poor pass out of defence and gave Yamashita no chance with a powerful 20-yard strike into the top corner.
Alexander made a brilliant save from Sugita in injury time but there were no more opportunities for Scotland to get back on level terms, making Wednesday's final group match against Argentina a must win game if they are to stand any chance of making the knockout stages.
Scotland: Lee Alexander, Kirsty Smith, Hayley Lauder, Rachel Corsie, Jennifer Beattie, Lisa Evans (sub Fiona Brown 84 mins), Lizzie Arnot (sub Claire Emslie 59mins), Kim Little, Caroline Weir, Jane Ross (sub Lana Clelland 75mins), Erin Cuthbert.
Japan: Ayaka Yamashita, Risa Shimizu, Aya Sameshima, Saki Kumagai, Nana Ichise, Hina Sugita, Emi Nakajima, Mana Iwabuchi (sub Yui Hasegawa 81mins), Yuika Sugasawa, Narumi Miura, Jun Endo (sub Rikako Kobayashi 65mins).
Australia staged a stunning fightback from two goals down to beat Brazil 3-2 in a dramatic match in Montpellier.
Fresh from their opening victory over Jamaica, Brazil swept into the lead just before the half hour when Elise Kellond-Knight was adjudged to have pulled back Leticia Santos in the area and Marta slotted home from the spot.
Ten minutes later, Cristiane put Brazil two ahead with a firm header and it looked as though they were on their way towards a place in the last sixteen, with Australia's future in the tournament in jeopardy.
However in first half injury time, Australia grabbed themselves a lifeline through an opportunist finish by Caitlin Foord from close range to reduce the arrears.
The goal cleared buoyed the Matildas and they were back on level terms as Chloe Logarzo played the ball into the area and Brazilian goalkeeper Barbara was distracted by the run of Sam Kerr and the ball continued on its way into the net.
The comeback was completed as a long ball forward was glanced past her own keeper by Monica and although the goal was initially ruled out for offside against Kerr, VAR intervened to rule that the goal should stand.
There was distinctly less drama on show at the Parc des Princes where China rekindled their hopes of going through with a 1-0 win against South Africa, which takes them level on points with Spain.
The only goal of the game came five minutes before half time when Li Ying volleyed in a cross from Zhang Rui. China almost made it two just afterwards from a free kick, Wang Shanshan's header hitting the underside of the bar and bouncing on the line before it was cleared.
China dominated possession during a largely uneventful second half whilst South Africa rarely looked like threatening their lead at any stage.
Canada got off to winning start in Group E with a 1-0 success against Cameroon in Montpellier.
Like a number of the well fancied teams to have played so far, Canada were not at their best and found it hard to break down a well drilled Cameroon defence.
Christine Sinclair went close with a deflected header early on and Nichelle Prince hit the post but the Canadians broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time through a header from Kadeisha Buchanan.
After the break, Canada continued to dominate possession but could not find a second goal which would have wrapped up the game. Sinclair almost bundled in from close range late on but Claudine Meffometou was on hand to clear off the line and Canada had to settle for an odd goal victory.
Meanwhile, it was a historic day for Argentina as they picked up their first ever point at the seventh attempt, as they held Japan to a goalless draw.
Japan had the greater share of possession but Argentina defended in determined fashion and a dour first half did not produce a single shot on target at either end.
For Argentina, their best moments came from talented captain Estefania Banini who had a fine game but it was her defence who stood strong and Vanina Correa kept her country's first clean sheet in a World Cup Finals match against a disappointing Japanese side.
The result means that Scotland are on the bottom of Group D but on this showing, they will have a great chance of winning their remaining two group matches and reaching the knockout stages.
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