Monday 22 July 2019

Chile narrowly lose out on last 16 place as USA and Sweden go through

Chile 2-0 Thailand; USA 2-0 Sweden

Chile's Francisca Lara misses a penalty in the Group F win over Thailand. Photo: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Chile's Francisca Lara misses a penalty in the Group F win over Thailand. Photo: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Chile players react at the end of the Women's World Cup Group F win over Thailand and Chile at the Roazhon Park in Rennes, France.

Francisca Lara blew Chile's chance to dramatically claim a place in the last 16 of the Women's World Cup.

Needing to beat Thailand by three clear goals in their final Group F game to set up a showdown with England, Chile were leading 2-0 courtesy of an own goal from goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing and Maria Jose Urrutia when VAR awarded an 85th-minute penalty.

With history beckoning for La Roja in their debut World Cup tournament, Lara rattled her spot-kick against the crossbar, allowing Nigeria to claim the last of the four places open to the best third-placed sides.

Lara's missed penalty was one of a host of chances missed by Chile during a pulsating match in Rennes as they laid siege to the Thai goal for most of the game.

In the first half, they twice struck the woodwork, with Urrutia's goal-bound strike taking a slight deflection off Natthakarn Chinwong and onto a post.

Four minutes from the break Rosario Balmaceda rattled the crossbar with a rasping right-footed drive from distance.

Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, right, blocks shot from United States' Carli Lloyd, centre, during the Women's World Cup Group F match in Le Havre, France.
Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, right, blocks shot from United States' Carli Lloyd, centre, during the Women's World Cup Group F match in Le Havre, France.

Thailand, who were hammered 13-0 by the United States and 5-1 by Sweden in their opening two group matches, were not without a threat of their own in the opening 45 minutes.

A low curler from Silawan Intamee was deflected inches past the post, while goalkeeper Christian Endler was forced to tip over the bar an attempted 35-yard lob from captain Kanjana Sung-Ngoen.

Three minutes after the interval, though, Thailand conceded their 19th goal of the tournament in calamitous circumstances as a low drive from Yanara Aedo cannoned back off a post, onto the legs of goalkeeper Boonsing and over the line.

Ten minutes from time Urrutia made it 2-0 in flicking a raking ball into the area from Paloma Lopez past the hapless Boonsing from 12 yards.

Urrutia then came within inches of making it 3-0 three minutes later when she poked a goal-bound effort past Boonsing, only for Pitsamai Sornsai to hack off the line.

Boonsing's studs-high challenge on Urrutia, though, led to a VAR review, and the awarding of the penalty that Lara thundered against the woodwork that ultimately denied Chile for the third time.

Despite seven minutes of added-on time, Chile could not find the goal they needed to secure their last-16 place, resulting in many of their players in tears at the final whistle.

Meanwhile, holders the United States beat Sweden 2-0 to maintain their perfect women's World Cup record and top Group F, setting up a last-16 clash with Spain.

Lindsey Horan netted the tournament's fastest goal after three minutes and Jonna Andersson scored an own goal as the US beat the record for most goals (18) in the women's World Cup group stage.

Sweden, who were also qualified before kickoff, finished second in the group with six points and will face Canada for a place in the quarter-finals.

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