Monday 19 August 2019

France reign after late penalty drama late penalty drama

Women's World Cup

VAR was the story of the night again as tournament hosts France secured top spot in Group A after a twice-taken penalty by Wendie Renard gave them a 1-0 win over Nigeria in a dramatic finish in Rennes.

The late penalty was awarded after a video assistant referee review for a foul on Viviane Asseyi but Renard hit the post with the first attempt.

However, Nigeria 'keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was ruled to have moved off her line early and Renard slotted the re-taken spot-kick. Nigeria still have a big chance of making the knockout stage as one of the best third-placed teams.

'It's life or death' for struggling Brazil

Italy could send Brazil crashing out of the group stages for the first time since 1995 if they avoid defeat in Valenciennes tonight. The Italians have already qualified for the next round.

Brazil are ahead of Australia on goal difference and should they fail to better the Aussies' result against winless Jamaica, the Samba girls will have to wait to see how they rank with the other third-placed nations at the end of the group stages.

"It's life or death for us now. We need the win to qualify," said Brazil's star forward Marta.

stat attack

Germany have not conceded in the first half of a World Cup match since the 2003 final, with their 4-0 win over South Africa yesterday making it 20 games since an opponent netted a first-half goal against them.

quote of the day

"I've never seen my coach crying before. The first time I saw him cry, I couldn't help but cry too. I felt so sad and touched. It has been a very tough year for our coach, he's worked so hard."

- China goalkeeper Peng Shimeng, the player of the match from yesterday's 0-0 draw with Spain, describing the emotions expressed by their manager Jia Xiuguan. China finished third in Group B but advance as one of the best third-placed sides. Spain finished second behind Germany and will play USA or Sweden in the next round.

Number of the day

24

The number of Spanish attempts on the Chinese goal yesterday - 23 more than their opponents.

Today's fixtures

Jamaica v Australia, TG4, 8.0

Italy v Brazil, RTÉ2, 8.0

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