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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Eugenie Le Sommer scored her first
Women s World Cup goal and France beat
England 1-0 yesterday in rainy Moncton,
Le Sommer scored her 45th career inter-
national goal in the 29th minute. Gaetane
Thiney forced a turnover by England and
Le Sommer won the loose ball, took two
touches and hammered in a shot from 20
France has owned the series between the
clubs, having not lost to England since 1974.
France beat England in the quarterfinals of
the 2011 World Cup on penalties.
Le Sommer sent a shot directly at the
keeper in the 46th minute and sailed a side
volley over the goal in the 56th. She was
subbed out in the 81st.
France was much more aggressive in the
attacking half, outshooting England 16-3.
England's only shot in the first half came
in the 41st minute when France's goalkeeper
Sarah Bouhaddi misplayed a cross and left
an open net, but Jo Potter's chip went wide.
Later at the same venue, Daniela Mon-
toya's booming goal from outside the penalty
area in the 82nd minute helped Colombia
recover for a 1-1 draw against Mexico.
The late draw keeps both countries in
search of their first victories in the tour-
Veronica Perez put Mexico up 1-0 in the
35th minute, turning after a corner kick and
firing a right-footed shot that Colombian
goalkeeper Castano Cardoso Derly Stefany
was unable to keep from just crossing the
Yoreli Rincon nearly equalized for Colom-
bia in the 59th minute, but her free kick
over the outstretched Mexican goalkeeper
Cecelia Santiago hit the post. However,
Montoya tied the game in the final 10 min-
Mexico next plays against England on
Saturday, while Colombia faces France.
Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno's first-half goal
gave Costa Rica a 1-1 draw against Spain at
Montreal in both countries debut.
Rodriguez scored in the 14th minute off
a centering pass from Katherine Alvarado,
one minute after Vicky Losada put Spain
Spain controlled the possession for much
of the second half, with Jennifer Hermoso
and Sonia Bermudez narrowly missing
chances soon after halftime.
Losada had another late opportunity, but
Costa Rica goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz saved a
shot headed to the top left part of the goal.
Costa Rica finished second in last year's
CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, losing to
the US 6-0 in the final. It plays South Korea
on Saturday, when Spain meets South Amer-
ican champion Brazil.
On Monday, Megan Rapinoe scored twice
and the United States overcame early defen-
sive shakiness to beat Australia 3-1 on their
opening game at the event.
The result put the US on top of Group
D, in which the other game between Sweden
and Nigeria ended 3-3.
In Group C, defending champion Japan
opened its campaign with a 1-0 win against
Switzerland while Cameroon swept past
Christen Press also scored for the sec-
ond-ranked US, which is seeking its third
World Cup title and first since 1999.
Lisa De Vanna had equalized midway
through the first half for Australia.
The US, which won the title in 1991 and
99, has five wins and two draws from its
opening games at World Cups and improved
to a remarkable record of 23 wins, two draws
and no losses against Australia.
US star forward Alex Morgan, sidelined
by a bone bruise in her left knee, entered
in the 79th minute in her first game action
since April 11 with her club Portland.
In her absence, 35-year-old Wambach
and Canada-born Sydney Leroux started
up top against the Matildas, while Hope
Solo was in goal a day after an ESPN report
revealed new details about her arrest a year
ago on domestic violence charges.
The charges were dismissed by a judge
earlier this year, but prosecutors told ESPN
there is an appeal scheduled.
Solo had work to do early. She was tested
in the fifth minute, when she tipped Emily
Van Egmond's shot off the crossbar and
over. She made another save on Michelle
Heyman in the 13th.
Rapinoe opened the scoring in the 12th
minute when her kick from the top of the
penalty area deflected off an Australia player
past goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri.
But De Vanna equalized midway through
the half when she slotted the ball inside the
near post for her 36th goal in 100th inter-
national appearances. (AP)
France edges England 1-0
LONDON---Lionel Messi and Barcelona
topped the final AP Global Football 10 poll
on Tuesday, receiving the highest amount
of votes over the season.
Messi finished the season with 56 goals
for Barcelona, which completed the treble
after beating Juventus 3-1 in the Champions
League final in Berlin. Barcelona also won
the Spanish league and Copa del Rey.
Cristiano Ronaldo was second to Messi
in the player vote, and Real Madrid was
second to Barcelona in the team standings.
"We sing the greatness of Barcelona, and
rightly so," Tom Timmermann of the St
Louis Post-Dispatch in the United States
said. "Real Madrid, which has a really great
team, might well have won in any other
league on the planet, but happened to be
in the same nation as Barcelona, the same
nation as a team that has a guy named
Madrid failed to win a major trophy this
season, despite embarking on a 22-game
winning run from September until Janu-
ary.Chelsea was third after winning the Eng-
lish Premier League by eight points. Juventus
was fourth after taking its fourth straight
Serie A title, the Italian Cup and finishing
runner-up in the Champions League.
"Juventus took a bit of a tumble in Berlin
over the weekend but that need not define
the season," Chris Tait of The Herald in
Scotland said. "They will come to appreciate
the success of a domestic double, while the
club has also restored some of the luster
which Italian football has lost in recent
Bundesliga winner Bayern Munich was
fifth. Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain,
Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester
United completed the top ten.
Neymar took third in the player of the
season rankings. The Barcelona striker scored
38 times, including the third goal in the
Champions League final.
Luis Suarez took fourth after scoring 25
goals in his debut season at Barcelona, and
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was fifth after
spearheading his team's attack in their dou-
Diego Costa, Arjen Robben, Sergio Aguero,
Antoine Griezmann and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
rounded out the top ten.
WELLINGTON---The group stage of the FIFA
Under-20 World Cup produced a number of
major surprises, goals galore and an equal
number of enticing matchups in the round of
16 starting today.
The biggest surprise in group play was the
elimination of South American champion
Argentina, which finished third in Group B
with only two points after a loss to Ghana and
draws with Austria and Panama.
The best of the matchups in the round of
16 is likely to be the clash tomorrow between
Germany and Nigeria --- either of whom could
go on to win the tournament.
The quality of football has also been out-
standing despite the poor weather, with 244
goals scored in 36 matches at an average of
almost seven per game.
European champion Germany has been the
most dominant team so far, scoring 16 goals
and conceding only two to top Group F, while
Portugal scored 10 goals and gave up just one
to finish with three wins in Group C.
Brazil scored nine goals and conceded three
to top Group E with three wins, finishing just
ahead of Nigeria. Serbia topped Group D with
Germany coach Frank Wormuth said he was
pleased with his team's performance in the
group stage, but added that the knock-out
rounds will require even more focus and deter-
Brazil coach Rogerio Micale said achieving
first place in Group E was "mission accom-
plished" for his team, but he is aiming to go
even further in the tournament. The Brazilians
meet Uruguay in the round of 16 on Thurs-
Serbia faces Hungary today.
Uruguay and Mali joined Serbia in progressing
from Group D.
Mali will play Ghana today, the United States
faces Colombia, and Ukraine meets Senegal.
In tomorrow's other matches, Austria plays
Uzbekistan and Portugal takes on New Zealand
for a spot in the quarterfinals. (AP)
BOLOGNA---Bologna won promotion back to
Serie A, a year after its relegation, following
a 1-1 draw with Pescara in the second leg of
their playoff final yesterday.
With the first leg having ended 0-0, Bologna
only needed another draw as, in the event of
a tie, the team which finishes higher in the
regular season gains promotion.
Bologna finished fourth, seven points ahead
of seventh-placed Pescara.
Pescara substitute Cristian Pasquato leveled
ten minutes into the second half to cancel out
Gianluca Sansone's 37th-minute opener.
Bologna had to play the final 25 minutes
with ten men after Ibrahima Mbaye was sent
off.Bologna, which was bought by New York
lawyer Joe Tacopina and Montreal Impact Pres-
ident Joey Saputo in October, joins Serie B
champion Carpi and runner-up Frosinone in
the topflight. (AP)
set for round of 16
at U-20 World Cup
Barcelona, Messi top end-of-season AP Global Football 10
to Serie A after
France's Elodie Thomis, left,
grabs England's Claire
Rafferty during a FIFA
Women's World Cup
football match in Moncton,
New Brunswick, yesterday.
France won 1-0. AP PHOTO
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