With lots of football still to be played until a winner is crowned, it’s the ideal time to reflect on the best moments of the tournament so far.
Banyana Banyana brought rhythm and style during their first World Cup appearance, arriving in France armed with a well choreographed dance routine.
The team’s fans also brought plenty of color and sound, unperturbed by the fact that their side suffered defeats to Spain, China and Germany.
Here’s to seeing plenty more of South Africa on the biggest stage of women’s football in the future.
Dutch fans out in force
Le Havre was bathed in a sea of orange when Netherlands came to town.
Dutch fans flocked to the north of France in their thousands to watch as their side — the defending European champion — secure a 1-0 victory over New Zealand.
Netherlands’ star striker Vivianne Miedema also wrote her name into the record books in the group stages.
Japan keeps it clean
Japan has set a precedent of keeping stadiums clean and tidy at World Cups.
This year has proved no different, with fans staying to sweep between the aisles when most have already headed home.
Nadeshiko, champion in 2011 and finalist in 2015, has brought a youthful squad to France in an attempt to emulate recent success at the tournament.
USA goes big
USA has pedigree when it comes to the World Cup having won more titles than any other nation, and Jill Ellis’ side arrived in France in a ruthless mood by dismantling Thailand 13-0 in Reims.
Ellis, meanwhile, who is hoping to become the first coach to win the World Cup twice, remarked that “to be respectful to opponents is to play hard against opponents.”
The one-sided scoreline was the greatest number of goals ever seen in a Women’s World Cup game and also the biggest margin of victory the tournament has produced.
Endler stands tall
There were fears that Chile — five places lower than Thailand in the FIFA rankings — would be on the end of a similar drubbing in the USA’s second match.
Even without star strikers Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, the US attacked with venom. But a series of sharp saves from Endler ensured that the result — despite seriously denting Chile’s chances of reaching the knockout stages — remained respectable.
VAR — an ongoing issue
Debate surrounding football’s video assistant referee has been swirling for years and shows no sign of dying down during the Women’s World Cup.
“If I give you my honest feelings, they’ll probably send me home so it’s better I don’t say anything,” Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby told reporters after Wendie Renard was allowed to retake her missed penalty when goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was deemed to have stepped off her line.
There will, no doubt, be more controversy to come.
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Publish date : 2019-06-19 07:47:37