Chile 1-1 Australia: Chile moves on despite Aussie show

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Australia looked the better side for good stretches of the match, and while it wasn’t enough to earn a semifinal place, the Asian champions will go home with a hard-earned point against a top South American team in Moscow. Had it not been for a pair of ugly misses in front of net, the Australians may have had a chance to advance. Alas, an equalizer by Martin Rodriguez was enough to cancel out Massimo Luongo‘s opener and send Chile through.

With Chile holding all the meaningful possession through the first half-hour, their best chance came in the 27th minute. Alexis Sanchez controlled a long ball from Eugenio Mena and was free on goal. While trying to settle and shoot, he was dispossessed from behind by Mark Milligan who recovered brilliantly. Sanchez went to ground, and after no initial call, VAR took a look and determined there was no reason to award Chile a penalty.

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Australia refused to be intimidated by their opponents’ stature. In the 36th minute, James Troisi lofted a brilliant ball for Luongo who had made a scything run into the box. Luongo slid to redirect the ball on net, only stopped by a charging Claudio Bravo.

That was a harbinger of what would come six minutes later. A shot by Robbie Kruse from just inside the top of the box clipped off a defender as he let loose, and the deflection sent the ball straight to Troisi who was free at the far post. With Bravo closing, the Melbourne Victory attacker looped the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net for a shock lead.

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The game opened up from there, and both sides had a chance on net before halftime. Arturo Vidal headed from close range, but it was blocked by a defender out for a corner. Down the other end, somehow three Australia attackers worked free on a failed offside trap, but Trent Sainsbury embarrassingly skied it well over the bar with nobody there to challenge.

After the break, it was more of the same as Australia proved dangerous, forcing Bravo into a number of saves. However, it would be Chile to score next and level the score. Past the half-hour mark, Australia failed to clear, and Eduardo Vargas headed back in front of net where Rodriguez was there to touch it in. Chile nearly took the lead moments later, but Vargas headed just wide after great work by Sanchez.

Australia had another golden opportunity to take back the lead, but when Troisi’s pinpoint ball to the far post found substitute Jamie Maclaren, the Brisbane Roar striker flubbed the huge chance, scuffing his first-time attempt, sending the ball skittering well wide. Chile’s point saw them through into the semifinals, where they take on Portugal. Australia’s two points were not enough to keep them in contention.

VIDEO: Marta’s amazing, emotional appeal to future stars

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Brazilian star Marta is a legend of the game, and this will give you chills.

In what could be her final appearance at a World Cup, the captain of Brazil issued a stirring, emotional message to Brazilian stars of the future.

“Cry at the beginning so you can smile at the end.”

Speaking after Brazil lost 2-1 to hosts France after extra time to be knocked out of the 2019 Women’s World Cup at the Round of 16, Marta’s incredible rallying cry has gone viral.

A veteran of five World Cups — she has scored at each tournament since 2003 and is the leading scorer all-time in World Cup tournaments with 17 goals — Marta and her Brazilian teammates have fought for equality and better treatment for female players in Brazil and across the world.

Marta is now 33 years old and along with her teammates Formiga (41) and Cristiane (34) a golden age of Brazilian soccer is close to ending, as they lost in the final of the WWC in 2007 and have reached the knockout rounds of each of the last six competitions.

Take a look below at her message in full, as she implored the next crop of Brazilian players to follow their lead.

VIDEO, WATCH: Spain, USWNT level in thrilling knockout game

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We have ourselves a heck of a game in Reims, France on Monday.

In the Round of 16 clash at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the USWNT are locked 1-1 with Spain at half time after an early penalty kick from Megan Rapinoe was canceled out by an awful defensive error.

Click on the link below to watch the second half live online and on NBCSN, while here is the story of the game so far.

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Tobin Heath won a penalty kick inside the first five minutes as her sublime first touch resulted in a clumsy tackle from Spain’s Mapi Leon which brought Heath down.

Rapinoe calmly dispatched the spot kick to make it 1-0.

 

Spain were level less than two-and-a-half minutes after going behind after an awful defensive mixup from the USWNT.

Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher passed the ball to Sauerbrunn but she was closed down quickly and Jenni Hermoso chipped home the loose ball brilliantly to make it 1-1.

Game on.

Contenders to become new Newcastle manager

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Rafael Benitez is out as Newcastle United’s manager, and the bookmakers have already compiled an intriguing list of names who are the favorites to replace him.

Remarkably, Jose Mourinho is the favorite at odds of 5/1 while the likes of Garry Monk, Slavisa Jokanovic and Chris Hughton seem like more realistic appointments if Mike Ashley remains as Newcastle’s owners.

Even Arsene Wenger is reportedly high on Newcastle’s wish-list for a replacement, but are big names like Mourinho and Wenger realistic?

Unless Ashley sells the club to Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan for a reported $440 million, it is unlikely a big name will come in to manage the Magpies. And with that deal said to have stalled in recent weeks, it looks like that has cost Newcastle keeping Benitez on Tyneside.

Below is a closer look at some of the names being mentioned as potentially taking over as the new manager of Newcastle.


Jose Mourinho: Has always spoken fondly about Newcastle. But recently hinted at break from club game.
Arsene Wenger:
Not a good fit for him in so many ways. Difficult to see this one happening.
Mikel Arteta
: Pep Guardiola‘s assistant at Man City. Linked with Arsenal job. Young. Hungry. Unproven.
Garry Monk: Left Birmingham City last week and did a decent job at Swansea in the past. Strong contender.
Slavisa Jokanovic: Took Watford, Fulham to PL playing attractive soccer. Possible.
Avram Grant: A stop-gap option who is reportedly being lined up as a technical director.
Anthony Hudson: Failed with Colorado Rapids after previously managing New Zealand. Risky.
Chris Hughton: Former Newcastle boss harshly dismissed by Brighton. Perfect fit for stability?
Jose Gomes: Worked wonders to turn Reading around in half a season. Cheaper option.
Eddie Howe: A long-shot. Why would he leave a stable club in Bournemouth, who are willing to spend?

WATCH LIVE: Spain v. USWNT; Sweden v. Canada

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The U.S. women’s national team begin their journey in the knockout rounds at the 2019 World Cup on Monday, as Jill Ellis’ reigning champs face Spain in Reims.

Remember: you can watch every single game from the tournament live online in Spanish via Telemundo Deportes and via the NBC Sports App, while for the two games on Monday you can also watch on NBCSN via a simulcast from Telemundo.

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A return to the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, where they beat Thailand 13-0 to set a new World Cup record for the largest victory ever, should fill the USWNT with confidence and they are heavily favored to beat a Spanish side which finished second in Group B after beating South Africa and securing a draw with China and only lost narrowly to red-hot Germany.

This encounter may not be as easy as many people are making it out to be, but the good news for the USWNT is that leading scorer Alex Morgan is fit, and so too is defensive lynchpin Julie Ertz.

Monday’s other Round of 16 clash sees Sweden take on Canada in a tasty clash at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Fifth-ranked Canada reach the quarterfinals four years ago and legendary forward Christine Sinclair is once again leading their charge, while Sweden are the underdogs but showed enough in their 2-0 defeat to the USWNT to suggest they can reach the last eight.

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Click on the links below to watch both games live online on Monday.


2019 Women’s World Cup schedule – Monday, June 24

Round of 16
Spain v. USA – 12 p.m. ET – STREAM ONLINE
Sweden v. Canada – 3 p.m. ET – STREAM ONLINE