Scotland crash out of Womens World Cup after dramatic Argentina comeback

Scotland drew 3-3 with Argentina and have crashed out of the Womens World Cup despite having a three-goal lead in the second half Scotland crashed out of the World Cup in dramatic style after throwing away a three-goal lead against Argentina. They looked to be cruising to victory until a five-minute capitulation saw Milagros Menndez score and goalkeeper Lee Alexander deflect the ball into her own net to put Shelley Kerrs side on the brink of disaster. In added time Florencia Bonsegundo pushed Scotland over the edge from the spot. Alexander thought she had saved Scotland with a fine stop but the penalty was ordered to be retaken after intervention by the VAR. Bonsegundo made sure with her second effort …

The knockout stages of a World Cup are a whole different kind of pressure | Hope Solo

Everything goes up a few more notches in the knockout stages, where a potential quarter-final between France and the US could be one of the most epic matches in the history of womens football As a player, I loved the pressure of the big time moments that occur during the World Cups knockout rounds. You feel more butterflies, a bit more stress and a little bit more excitement. Training sessions are more intense. Everything goes up a few more notches. You think you have given it your all during the group-stage games but then you learn that theres another level to reach for in the knockout stages. You know that if you lose, you go home. The intensity goes up …

Wendie Renards twice-taken penalty pushes France past Nigeria

France completed a perfect three wins from three in Group A with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria thanks to a re-taken penalty by Wendie Renard A furious Nigeria manager, Thomas Dennerby, claimed the officials had ruined the match after Wendie Renards retaken penalty following a double VAR check ensured France progress to the last 16 having topped Group A. Nigerias hopes of a third-place finish now hang by a thread. If I gave you honest opinions, they would probably send me home, he said, bluntly. When asked about his teams performance, he replied: My players are heroes. The France manager, Corinne Diacre, was pleased to benefit from the referee following the letter of the law. There are new rules so …

If you’re not nervous at a World Cup, you don’t care enough to win | Hope Solo

The pressure of a major tournament can be difficult to deal with and not a lot of players have the ability to deal with that day in and day out Before every World Cup game I played in, I felt good during the warm up. I was ready to play and wanted to play. But then we have to go to the locker room and wait for 20 minutes to come back out. Thats when the nerves start to build up. You walk out the tunnel. You line up for the national anthems. The camera is in your face. You become part of the pomp and circumstance and then the nerves start to kick in. Really kick in. You can …

Crystal Dunn: ‘As a black woman I always felt I had to go above and beyond to be noticed’

Four years after watching her USA team-mates hoist the World Cup from a sports bar, the dynamic 26-year-old left back is out to win one for herself while busting stereotypes about black footballers Crystal Dunn talks a lot about what she calls the above and beyond stuff. Whether its stepping in to play whatever position is required on the day, offering her trademark levity to the sometimes high-strung atmosphere of training with the world champions or challenging stereotypes about black players in a sport disproportionately played in America shock quarter-final exit to Sweden at the Olympics. Im a different person and a player than I was four years ago, Dunn says. I was always been known as a diverse player …