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Mexico attain first-ever semi-final after shootout win

Mexico superior to their first-ever FIFA U-17 Girls's World Cup semi-final, defeating Ghana Four-2 on penalties because the match completed 2-2 on th...


Mexico superior to their first-ever FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup semi-final, defeating Ghana Four-2 on penalties because the match completed 2-2 on the finish of the 90 minutes.

Mexico had been capable of finding extra of a passing rhythm within the first half and their defence, led by Nicole Soto and Tanna Carreto, restricted present match high scorer Mukarama Abdulai to 1 half-chance. Neither facet was in a position to create a transparent goalscoring alternative within the first half.

That each one modified nearly instantly as soon as referee Maria Carvajal blew the second half whistle as Ghana winger Mavis Owusu created house on the appropriate wing earlier than sending in a cross for Abdulai, who guided in a shot along with her head to the far nook from about ten yards out, simply out of the grasp of a leaping Jaidy Gutierrez, for her tournament-leading seventh purpose.

Abdulai’s header represented a milestone for her nation. She grew to become Ghana’s all-time high scorer (7) on the U-17 Girls’s World Cup, surpassing Jane Ayieyam (6).

Mexico equalised 15 minutes later after Elizabeth Oppong was adjudged to have tripped Mexico substitute Nayeli Diaz within the penalty space. El Tri captain Nicole Perez transformed the ensuing spot-kick to deliver her facet degree.

Ghana then retook the lead when substitute Suzzy Teye obtained a protracted cross from Abdulai on the appropriate wing and beat her defender earlier than ending on the close to submit previous Gutierrez.

It was then a case of déjà vu as Perez equalised with one other spot-kick; this time in additional spectacular trend. From about 30 yards out, Perez drove a free-kick over the Ghana wall and past the attain of Ghana keeper Grace Buoadu.

There was to be no successful purpose throughout the 90 minutes and the third consecutive quarter-final at Uruguay 2018 went to penalties.

Mexico’s Gutierrez saved spot-kicks from Justice Tweneboaa and Elizabeth Oppong to steer El Tri to the historic victory.

Participant of the match: Nicole Perez (MEX)

Japan and Spain attain their first ultimate

  • ​Japan and Spain attain a U-20 Ladies’s World Cup ultimate for the primary time
  • Spain defeat the hosts France in thrilling semi-final
  • England and France will battle it out for third place​

THE DAY REPLAYED – Japan and Spain will contest the ultimate of the FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup France 2018 after getting the higher of England and France respectively of their semi-finals. But, these easy info inform solely a part of the story on a day when followers have been handled to 2 enthralling last-four encounters.

Within the day’s first semi-final, Japan picked up the place they left off after their spectacular efficiency in opposition to Germany within the quarter-finals. The Younger Nadeshiko barely gave England an opportunity to settle into the sport and demonstrated precisely why Silvia Neid, The Finest FIFA Ladies’s Coach 2016, picked them as her favourites to raise the trophy in France.

The second match of the day was an intense tussle between two European sides. Whereas the French managed massive components of the sport and created considerably higher goalscoring alternatives, Spain took their probability when it got here to safe their place within the ultimate.

Semi-finals – Vannes
England Zero-2 Japan
France Zero-1 Spain

Memorable moments

Asia versus Europe…once more…
This yr’s ultimate would be the third time that groups from Asia and Europe have battled for the trophy at a FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup. The Europeans emerged victorious when Germany confronted China PR in 2004 earlier than Korea DPR bought the higher hand in opposition to France in Papua New Guinea in 2016. They are saying that every one good issues are available in threes, and now Japan and Spain are dreaming of glory. On Friday night, we are going to discover out who has the very best U-20 girls’s facet on this planet…

When one streak ends, one other begins
It was finally not meant to be for Georgia Stanway. After scoring in 4 successive matches, England’s No10 couldn’t discover the goal in her facet’s semi-final defeat to Japan. In the meantime, her opponent Riko Ueki has began a run of her personal. Regardless of failing to attain in her first two video games, the striker netted a hat-trick in opposition to Paraguay and bought her identify on the scoresheet in opposition to each Germany and England.

Historical past repeats itself
No matter who lifts the trophy on Friday, Spain have already made historical past by reaching their first U-20 Ladies’s World Cup ultimate – and in the event that they win the match, they may go one additional. Whereas La Rojita have by no means received a Ladies’s World Cup at any degree, three members of the present squad – Patri Guijarro, Carmen Menayo and Aitana Bonmati – have beneficial expertise of a World Cup ultimate after reaching the event decider on the U-17 Ladies’s World Cup 2014 in Costa Rica. Their opponents that day have been none aside from Japan. Spain will head into the sport with confidence, having already overwhelmed their Asian rivals 1-Zero through the group stage.

Seeing purple for the primary time
It took till the semi-finals of this event for a referee to succeed in for a purple card. Aitana Bonmati was given her marching orders after receiving a second yellow card for a wayward problem on Selma Bacha within the 69th minute of the second semi-final between France and Spain.

The phrases
“I got here right here to try to win this World Cup and to try to make historical past in Japanese girls’s soccer.”
Japan ahead Riko Ueki

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Play-off for third place
France-England, Vannes, 16:00 (native time)

Spain-Japan, Vannes, 19:30 (native time)

Rodriguez: I wish to attain the semis or Remaining


James Rodriguez has focusing on serving to Colombia report their best-ever FIFA World Cup™ end in Russia and salivated over a possible conflict with Germany within the knockout section.

A Rodriguez double – embellished by the that mind-blowing FIFA Puskás Award winner – powered Colombia previous Uruguay and into the World Cup quarter-finals for the primary time at Brazil 2014, the place they misplaced 2-1 to Brazil regardless of the purpose that gained their No10 the adidas Golden Boot. And the attacking midfielder sees no purpose Colombia can’t go not less than one higher in Japanese Europe.

“I wish to have a great World Cup and assist my team-mates get to the semi-finals or the Remaining,” Rodriguez informed the Bundesliga’s official web site. “Why not?”

Colombia face Japan, Poland and Senegal in Group H. The prospect of going through Germany, the place Rodriguez has been primarily based in 2017/18 with Bayern Munich, excites the 26-year-old who has already performed membership soccer in six nations. Colombia and Germany may probably meet within the quarter-finals or Remaining.

“It could be nice, mentioned Rodriguez. “However that is a good distance away – we have to take issues step-by-step.”

Rodriguez’s 21 targets in 62 internationals have him third on Colombia’s record of all-time main marksmen, behind Falcao (29 targets) and Arnoldo Iguaran (25).

Rene Higuita, who stored purpose for Colombia at Italy 1990, just lately hailed Rodriguez as “the entire participant” in an unique interview with FIFA.com.

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