EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal.
The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi drove up the right side and sent a cross into the middle for Yuki Ogimi. Bassett reached out with her right foot and caught the ball flush, inadvertently sending it toward her net. The ball struck the crossbar and bounced in just before goalkeeper Karen Bardsley could get across.
The defending champions advanced to play the United States in the championship game at Vancouver on Sunday. It's a rematch of the 2011 championship game in Germany, when Japan won on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw.
The penalty kick giveth, and the penalty kick taketh away.
Team USA defeated Germany, 2-0, in the semifinals of the 2015 Women’s World Cup yesterday, surviving a penalty shot and scoring one of its own in a game-deciding 10-minute span.
After 24 days and 48 games, four teams are two wins away from bringing home the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
The semifinals begin tonight when Team USA plays Germany in Montreal at 7 p.m. ET. The second battle of these all-World War II semis, featuring England vs. Japan in Edmonton, is slated for a 5 p.m. ET. kickoff on Wednesday. The first semifinal game will be on FOX, and the second will air on Fox Sports 1.
Here’s what you need to know about the Women’s World Cup’s final four.
Seventh-grader Anna Murphy raises money to help keep families in her hometown warm
Anna Murphy’s family always collected pennies to help pay the heating bills of struggling people in their hometown of Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Even when Anna's father lost his job, her parents made sure the practice continued.
"We were trying to teach the kids that giving to other people was still important," says Anna's mom, Rebecca. "It wasn't necessarily what we received, but what we could give to others."
They play on college football fields and training grounds in the middle of nowhere, in front of half-empty bleachers and a small YouTube audience, for peanuts because that’s the only way their league will be sustainable. They’re lucky now, though, because three years ago they didn’t even have a league, because yet another one had folded.
Such is the reality for many members of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), already the third iteration of a women’s professional soccer league in the United States.
With the U.S. preparing to face China Friday in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals, we should take a moment to reflect on the state of women’s soccer throughout America.
It wasn’t pretty, but the United States Women’s National Team’s stifling defense powered the squad past Colombia, 2-0, in the first World Cup knockout game. The win sets up a quarterfinals match with world No. 16 China.
Forward Alex Morgan found the net in the 53rd minute, breaking a scoreless stalemate. Midfielder Carli Lloyd added a penalty-kick goal in the 65th minute, ensuring the US’ advancement to the next round.
Breakaway, Alex Morgan’s autobiography, is the story of how an eight-year-old girl who liked soccer went on to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport.
At the beginning of the book, we read about the traumatic injury Morgan suffered while playing soccer at the age of 17. She tore her ACL, a ligament in her knee, during a scrimmage.
I think she wanted to tell this part of the story first because she wanted to convey to her readers that if something bad happens to you, you can work hard to overcome it — just like she did.
As the book continues, Morgan describes her life as a child. Her dad wanted her and her two older sisters to play softball, but after a few years of that (and of Morgan being the star player on the team), she decided she wanted to play soccer.