Women’s World Cup Round of 16 Drama

France Vs Morocco concluded the Round of 16 fixtures as Les Bleues run riot against the Moroccans to come out a the resounding 4-0 victors. A brace from Le Sommer and goals from both Diani and Dali ensured Les Blues progressed to the last 8.

Meanwhile the World Cup holders USA saw a shock exit against Sweden after a 0-0 draw that sent the match into extra time and eventually shootouts. USA’s Megan Rapinoe, Sophia Smith and Kelly O’Hara failed to convert their penalties whereas Sweden’s winning penalty from Lina Hurtig had to be reviewed by VAR before being eventually given.

In another narrowly decided match England edged Nigeria 4-2 on penalties to get through to the last 8. Nigeria’s Desire Oparanozie and Michelle Alozie failed to convert their penalties before England’s Chloe Kelly won it for the Three Lionesses.

Netherlands edged South Africa 2-0 with goals from Jill Roord and Lineth Beerensteyn.

Denmark Vs Australia ended with a 2-0 scoreline as well in favour of the Matildas with goals from Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso.

Colombia secured a spot in the final 8 for the very first time after a narrow win over Jamaica. Maria Usme netted the winner that saw Colombia through.

Japan eased past Norway with goals from Risa Shimizu and Hinata Miyazawa. Japan pulled one back through Guro Reiten but an early own goal ensured the match ended 3-1 in Japan’s favour

In the highest scoring match of the round, Spain thrashed Switzerland 5-1 to go through to the last 8. A brace from Aitana Bonmati and goals from Alba Redondo, Laia Codina and Jenni Hermoso saw the Spaniards through despite an own goal.

Spain will now take on the Netherlands as England take on the Colombia. Japan will take on Sweden as France take on Colombia.


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