The Women’s World Cup is the ultimate opportunity to showcase the growth of the sport, and Norway and Australia more than obliged.
In a captivating, end-to-end round of 16 clash, Ingrid Engen’s penalty kick lifted Norway past Australia 1-1 (4-1 PKs) on Saturday in Nice.
While 120 minutes couldn’t separate the two sides, Norway had the better of play in extra time and carried that momentum into the penalty shootout. Caroline Graham Hansen sent Australia goalkeeper Lydia Williams the wrong way on the first kick, and star Aussie striker Sam Kerr missed high and wide in stunning fashion.
After Thaisa had cancelled out Valérie Gauvin’s 52nd-minute opener just after the hour mark, Henry settled a tense tie at Stade Océane in Le Havre in the first minute of the second period of extra time.
The Lyon midfielder stole in front of covering defender Monica to sidefoot home from Amel Majri’s beautifully weighted right-wing free-kick to set up a last-eight clash with Spain or three-times champions the United States.
Kadidiatou Diani superbly turned Tamires near the corner flag on the right before whipping in an outswinging delivery to the edge of the six-yard box. Coming off her line, the Brazil goalkeeper Barbara could only push the ball on to the shoulder of the incoming Gauvin, a collision that resulted in both players requiring treatment.
The United States women's national team survived and advanced. In its most intense match so far at the 2019 Women's World Cup, one that was much closer than anyone predicted, the U.S. needed two penalty kicks to beat Spain, 2-1. Megan Rapinoe scored both of them, one in each half, as the U.S. conceded for the first time in the tournament (and for the first time in 647 minutes dating back to an April friendly vs. Australia) and had some trouble with an overly physical Spanish side.
The U.S. was the stronger team throughout but didn't create as many golden chances as in previous games. But the Americans live to fight another day and will now face France in the quarterfinals in Paris on fuboTV (Try for free).
The USWNT scored just seven minutes into the game but conceded minutes later on a misplay by goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and defender Becky Sauerbrunn at the back. Jenni Hermoso, Spain's star, made the most of the error and found the back of the net for the equalizer.
The Canadians fell 1-0 to Sweden in the Round of 16 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on Monday, after a hotly contested match that was decided by a single moment of indecisiveness from the otherwise defensively-sound Canada side. Sweden's Stina Blackstenius scored the second-half winner on a counterattack that proved fatal to the Canadians, even with a penalty kick opportunity that gave the North Americans the opportunity to equalize.
Canada enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the game, ending with a 59 percent advantage and registering nearly 150 more passes than the Swedes. However, a lack of ingenuity in the final third allowed Sweden to comfortably defend and counter, ultimately proving to be the successful strategy as Canada couldn't find a way past goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.