Game-by-game: A look at the 2015 Women’s World Cup Round of 16

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Finally, the Round of 16 is set and beyond that the bracket for who lines up to play whom for the remainder of the World Cup.

And it literally came down to the last touch of group play, a Sonia Bermudez free kick that rocked the cross bar. Had it gone in, Spain and Costa Rice would have drawn lots for second in Group E. Instead they are both going home and Korea Republic took that coveted position.

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Here is a quick look at the eight matches for the next round. They are listed from top to bottom on the bracket so the winner of the first match will meet the winner of the second and so on and so forth.

China vs Cameroon | June 20, Edmonton

China came in with a defensive outlook but also showed they can score, while Cameroon introduced Gaelle Enganamouit who had a hat trick against Ecuador and showed well in the other two matches. World Cups should be about matches like this. The winner probably plays the United States but neither can go home too disappointed if they get bounced in the quarterfinals. Note the two extra days of rest to the winner.

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United States vs Colombia | June 22, Edmonton

The United States did not attack well in the group stage but allowed only one goal behind strong showings by the defensive triangle of Becky Sauerbrunn, Julie Johnston, and Hope Solo. Colombia already beat France, so they have to believe that on their day they can hang with the United States. Colombia goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda will miss the match through suspension due to yellow card accumulation. The only good news there is that backup Stefany Castano at least played against Mexico.

WORLD CUP HISTORY (United States lead, 1-0-0)
2011 Group C: United States 3, Colombia 0

Germany vs Sweden | June 20, Ottawa

Sweden skated through by the skin of their teeth and was not assured of moving on until late on Wednesday, the day after they played. It will be a tall order to get through Germany, but then Germany should be feeling the same way going up against a Swedish team that did not lose a group match and nearly knocked off the United States.

WORLD CUP HISTORY (Sweden lead, 2-1-0)
2003 Final: Germany 2, Sweden 1, asdet
1995 Group A: Sweden 3, Germany 2
1991 Third Place: Sweden 4, Germany 0

France vs Korea Republic | June 21, Montreal

France finally looked like World Cup contenders when they opened up Mexico to win Group F. Now they’ll face one of the best technical sides in the tournament and one that rallied for its life with two second-half goals against Spain to stay alive.

WORLD CUP HISTORY (France lead, 1-0-0)
2003 Group B: France 1, Korea Republic 0

Brazil vs Australia | June 21, Moncton

This was always going to be a dicey spot for Brazil due to the strength of Group D which sent its runner-up here. The best news was clinching top spot after two matches and allowing key players to rest against Costa Rica. They also played that match in the same city that they’ll play this one. Australia, however, are showing signs of being legitimate contenders. This is the choice match in the round.

WORLD CUP HISTORY (Brazil lead, 2-0-0)
2007 Quarterfinals: Brazil 3, Australia 2
2011 Group D: Brazil 1, Australia 0

Japan vs Netherlands | June 23, Vancouver

The holders underwhelmed throughout the group stage yet managed to win all three matches against first-time World Cup sides. They get another first-time squad in the Netherlands, who moved on with 4 points despite their attacking personalities being dormant and conceding horrible goals in two straight. Remember Japan underwhelmed in group play four years ago as well…

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Norway vs England | June 22, Ottawa

Another juicy matchup that neither team will stand to lose. England mixed up tactics during their three group matches so the storyline figures to be how they will approach this one against a Norway side that is younger and more technical than usual.

WORLD CUP HISTORY (Norway lead, 1-0-0)
1995 Group B: Norway 2, England 0

Canada vs Switzerland | June 21, Vancouver

The dream draw for the hosts continued as they won Group A and nabbed a third-place finisher in the first knockout match. That does not mean it will be easy. Switzerland showed they can annihilate a team as they did against Ecuador (10-1) and that it can hang with a classy side as they did against Japan.

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Terry: Lampard “will have an impact on young players and improve them”

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It’s not a surprise that John Terry is supporting his longtime teammate and fellow club legend Frank Lampard for the open Chelsea managerial role.

However, it is interesting why Terry thinks Lampard is right for Chelsea.

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With Lampard the bookies favorite to become the new Chelsea manager, Terry has come out in support of the former midfield great, stating that Lampard can finally fully open the pipeline between the Chelsea academy and the first team.

“For some time, perhaps only myself and Ruben Loftus-Cheek had come through the academy to become regulars and that has probably left many young players questioning their future,” Terry told the Daily Mail. “Callum Hudson-Odoi will be assured he has a big role to play at Chelsea. Having Frank in charge and the transfer ban will give young players throughout the academy belief that there is a genuine pathway into Chelsea’s first team.

“Frank and Jody have tremendous knowledge of the youth set-up. I guarantee they will watch as many Under-23 and Under-18 matches at Chelsea as possible and open potential opportunities for the academy players. In fact I think it will be an exciting time to see what can happen.”

Chelsea is currently appealing a transfer ban from FIFA for signing underage players, but even if the transfer ban is imposed this summer, the club has dozens of players out on loan that could potentially come into the first team. These include Mason Mount, who starred for Lampard at Derby County last season, and American defender Matt Miazga, though he still has a long way to go until he’s ready for regular Premier League matches.

Other players like Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, and Tiemoue Bakayoko could also potentially return to the club and add to the strength in depth.

Of course, some of Chelsea’s youngsters didn’t come through the academy, but with Eden Hazard gone, Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek out long term and a need for some fresh talent in attack – to go with Christian Pulisic of course, Terry believes that Lampard could trust, and empower, some young players as Chelsea looks to build on a third-place finish this year.

Report: FIFA to consider disciplinary actions for Cameroon after Women’s World Cup outburst

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It didn’t help that refereeing decisions had gone against them, but Cameroon’s meltdown at the Women’s World Cup could cost the team, and potentially the federation in the future.

Per a report in the BBC, FIFA has begun investigating Cameroon for “team misconduct, offensive behavior and fair play breaches.” Specifically, Cameroon’s players appeared to lose their emotions surrounding two incidents that involved video assistant referees, or the VAR.

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In the first case, just before halftime, England’s Ellen White was initially ruled offside on a goal she scored, only for VAR to overturn the assistant referee and rule White’s goal could stand, because she was onside by about two feet. After that instance, Cameroon’s players appeared to make an on-field protest, and it wasn’t clear if the game would restart.

In the second half, Cameroon had a goal that was somewhat harshly disallowed after Ajara Nchout had scored to make it 2-1 for England and cut the deficit in half. Gabrielle Onguene, who played the pass into Nchout, was ruled by the VAR to be offside but only by the absolute slightest of margins, her heel.

Again, following this decision, players lost their emotions on the pitch and it took five minutes to restart the game.

Afterwards, Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa criticized the officiating, calling the game a “miscarriage of justice” as Cameroon were knocked out of the World Cup.

England coach Phil Neville meanwhile said that he was disappointed with the match for all the young generations of fans watching, and it’s possible that FIFA is looking at it from this angle to potentially send a message that everyone must act professional on the field from start to finish, even if tempers run high.

Picking the Copa America knockout stage

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The Copa America has eliminated four nations, including the two Asian visitors, and now the stage is set for the final eight teams to battle for the title.

The field is wide open as the traditional powers Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and even perfect Colombia and Uruguay have all struggled at times in the competition. With that in mind, here are the picks for our PST writers, and as you can imagine, it’s all over the place in what promises to be an entertaining and exciting final eight. A potential Brazil v. Argentina semifinal matchup would be mouth-watering, while Colombia and Chile meet in the quarters in a matchup that tells you just how brutal this competition can be.

Who do you have going all the way in the South American tournament? Will Lionel Messi carry Argentina to his first major international title? Will James Rodriguez or Alexis Sanchez reignite their career? Can Luis Suarez best his Barcelona teammate and help Edinson Cavani to the crown?


Kyle Bonn

Quarterfinals:
Brazil def. Paraguay
Venezuela def. Argentina

Chile def. Colombia
Uruguay def. Peru

Semifinals:
Brazil def. Venezuela
Chile def. Uruguay

Final:
Brazil def. Chile


Joe Prince-Wright

Quarterfinals:
Brazil def. Paraguay
Argentina def. Venezuela

Chile def. Colombia
Uruguay def. Peru

Semifinals:
Brazil def. Argentina
Chile def. Uruguay

Final:
Brazil def. Chile


Daniel Karell

Quarterfinals:
Brazil def. Paraguay
Venezuela def. Argentina

Colombia def. Chile
Uruguay def. Peru

Semifinals:
Venezuela def. Brazil
Uruguay def. Colombia

Final:
Uruguay def. Venezuela


Nick Mendola

Quarterfinals:
Brazil def. Paraguay
Argentina def. Venezuela

Colombia def. Chile
Uruguay def. Peru

Semifinals:
Argentina def. Brazil
Uruguay def. Colombia

Final:
Argentina def. Uruguay

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Spurs snag Clarke, Arsenal eyeing French youngster

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According to a number of reports across England, Tottenham may have secured its first new player signing in 511 days, rumored to have completed a deal for Leeds United winger Jack Clarke.

The BBC reports that Clarke has flown south to London for a medical and that the $12.7 million deal is finalized. The report states there are further, unspecified add-ons to that base payment should they trigger.

The 18-year-old made 25 appearances for the Leeds first-team last season, scoring two goals assisting two more as they reached the playoff semifinal. Clarke’s arrival will mark the first Tottenham signing since Lucas Moura joined in January of 2018, famously failing to sign a player last summer to much criticism, before making a run to the Champions League final during the season.


Arsenal is reportedly after a pair of transfer targets, one on either end of the pitch.

First, more concretely, reports indicate that the Gunners are set to bat the signature of young French defender William Saliba. The 18-year-old currently plays for St. Etienne and saw significant playing time last season, bagging 16 league appearances good for over 1,200 minutes as he helped the club secure a Champions League place with a fourth-place finish, aided by the third-best defensive record in the league.

According to an ESPNFC report by Julien Laurens, the two clubs have reached an agreement for Saliba in the range of $28 million, with the Gunners beating Tottenham and PSG to the punch. Saliba will stay at St. Etienne on loan next season as he looks to continue developing at his boyhood club.

The Gunners are reportedly also following Monaco winger Keita Balde, with the Senegal international currently on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations. The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at Inter, where he racked up 24 Serie A appearances – mostly off the bench – scoring five goals and assisting three more.

Reports in Italy indicate that while Inter had the option to buy at the end of the loan spell, they declined as they believed the $38 million price to be too expensive. With Monaco struggling mightily this past season and in serious flux, it’s likely that Balde could move on and help the French club gain funds to reinvest.

Balde found the back of the net in Senegal’s opening AFCON match, a 2-0 win over Tanzania, marking his fourth international goal in 24 caps.


Another African on international duty is Kalidou Koulibaly, whose future is still under serious speculation.

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti said Wednesday – completely joking, mind you – that he won’t even return from his vacation in Canada if the club sells Koulibaly. That won’t stop the two Manchester clubs from having a go, and to this point Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has held firm that only a bid that reaches his $154 million release clause will pry him from the Italian side.

Koulibaly wouldn’t be drawn into speculation about his future when approached at the tournament in Africa, saying, “I don’t know [if I’ll still be at Napoli next year], I think so, but I have to play the AFCON and then after that I’ll go back to Napoli.”

Manchester United has been much closely linked with Koulibaly than Manchester City, but it may be difficult to convince him to switch with the Red Devils not participating in the Champions League next season.


Everton is reportedly in the hunt for Juventus striker Moise Kean according to the Liverpool Echo, with the 19-year-old breaking out last season with The Old Lady. He scored six goals in 13 appearances down the stretch of the season, coming into the squad after the club had all but secured the league title.

While he is a big strike prospect for Juventus, the club is somewhat crowded at the position with Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, and Mario Mandzukic at the position. The club surely could take its time bringing him along, but apparently a disciplinary issue while with the Italy U-21 team at the Euros this summer has added to the club’s concern, along with his hesitation at signing a new contract. Kean’s current deal expires next summer, so this would be the time to cash in on his high-rising stock.

The report states it would cost around $34 million to land the youngster and Ajax is also in the mix.