USA the value bet in Women’s World Cup
The Women’s World Cup in Canada is proving a welcome distraction to FIFA’s off the pitch problems. The tournament is being watched around the globe as the group stages reach their concluding matches.
Cameroon survived in Group C after beating Switzerland in their decider on Tuesday while Ecuador and Nigeria were eliminated from Group D. Australian hopes were kept alive despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Sweden. Sofia Jakobsson beat Aussie ‘keeper Lydia Williams from long range to level the scores after Lisa De Vanna had put Australia ahead just five minutes after the kick-off.
Any thoughts of the Aussies progressing deep into the tournament are probably optimistic with Brazil lying in wait in the last sixteen. However, Australia did give USA a fright in their opening Group game and may well have got something out of that contest but for the brilliance of Hope Solo in the first half. The controversial American keeper produced two spectacular saves to keep her side level before they gradually gained the upper-hand.
A 3-1 win there was followed by a stalemate against Sweden and a 1-0 win over Nigeria to send them through to the knock-out phase. Nigeria had their chances to cause a major upset but a volley from Abby Wambach was enough to give the USA the victory. Nigeria were reduced to ten women in the final twenty minutes after a red card and the result was never in doubt from that point.
Abby Wambach was scoring her 14th goal at a Women’s World Cup, equalling the total of Germany’s Birgit Prinz and one behind record holder Marta of Brazil. Christie Rampone became the oldest player to feature at a Women’s World Cup when she took the field at the age of 39 in this tournament. Megan Rapinoe has looked particularly dangerous and there is little doubt that the American’s have the tools to win the World Cup this year.
Standing in their way are the favourites Germany, 10-0 winners in their opening Group fixture against Cote D’Ivoire. If that didn’t send out a warning to their rivals, nothing would. However, they were brought back to earth with a 1-1 draw against Norway before coasting to a 4-0 win over Thailand.
The other leading contenders are France and Japan with hosts Canada also expected to make a strong challenge.
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