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Best Moments of the 2019 Women’s World Cup


What a tournament.

It’s reasonable to call the 2019 Women’s World Cup the best top-to-bottom showcase of women’s soccer in history, and it’s up there even if it’s not No. 1.

Here are the moments that stood above the pack, and since we’re not going to talk about VAR for a change — and also going to skip complaints about Cameroon’s physicality and American hotel surveying — we’ll keep things short and sweet.

Made-up Marta provides more inspiration

Marta has long been a hero to many young players, but she had three major moments in what could be her last World Cup.

The 33-year-old Brazilian became the all-time World Cup leader for goals and ran her career total to 17, but almost as many people were discussing her choice (two key words there) to wear bright red lipstick on the pitch. Others would follow suit.

But the magical playmaker really stood out in her post-elimination speech begging the girls of the world to dream big.

“The women’s game depends on you to survive,” she said. “Cry in the beginning so you can smile in the end.”

A Baker’s Dozen and Its After-Effects

If there were any questions regarding the USWNT’s desire to bring the proper motivation to defend its World Cup, the Yanks answered emphatically with an opening game 13-0 masterpiece versus Thailand.

Alex Morgan scored five goals. Five!

The storylines that would follow were many. Megan Rapinoe’s leg-pumping celebration came when the Americans put the game to bed three or four times early, and it wasn’t so classy (even if it was understandable. Those aren’t mutually exclusive concepts).

The next match for Thailand, though, saw a more respectable deficit of 4-0 turn into a joyous 4-1, and national team program benefactor Nualphan Lamsam. They finished with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chile, but this was the moment for them:

We were kinda lying about not mentioning VAR as Argentina stuns, eliminates Scotland

When Erin Cuthbert scored a 69th minute goal to give Scotland a 3-0 lead in its final group stage game, Argentina would’ve been forgiven for climbing into its shell and congratulating Scotland on advancing into the knockout rounds.

That didn’t quite happen, did it? Argentina made it 3-1 five minutes later and got an own goal soon after that to pull to within one.

Stoppage time saw Argentina get a penalty through Video Assistant Referee. Lee Alexander saved the attempt, but was awarded a second when VAR deemed that Alexander left her line too early.

That one was converted, and Scotland went home. Bitter stuff, and the referees didn’t like it either.

Cameroon’s late show extends tournament too knockout rounds

Ajara Nchout scored early in the second half of a must-win match for Cameroon against New Zealand, but both teams looked set to go home early after the Football Ferns leveled the score and couldn’t find a second.

Nchout’s second marker, though, was leeee-git and came deep in stoppage time for one of the most memorable moments in France.

Megan Rapinoe and her pose

Okay, so this one’s easy; When you look back on the name to collect the most headlines at the tournament, what moment stands above the rest for your Golden Boot- and Golden Ball-winning World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe.

And it’s the pose. Here I am: Love me or hate me, I’m getting the job done.

A tournament which saw her create furor with an over-the-top celebration against Thailand before having to deal with a surprising release of unsurprising anti-presidential comments.

Rapinoe and her pink shock of hair were everywhere, and she cemented her status as a world star. What’s next for her is unknown, but what happened this summer won’t be forgotten.

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Women’s World Cup: Netherlands wins group

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Late goals secured winners for Cameroon and Netherlands, as Group E completed its group stage at the 2019 Women’s World Cup on Thursday.

Lineth Beerensteyn’s late goal helped the Netherlands overcome a blown lead to win Group E of the 2019 Women’s World Cup with a 2-1 defeat of Canada on Thursday.

Anouk Dekker also scored for the Dutch, who will meet Japan in Rennes on June 25 in the Round of 16. Canada will meet the Group F runner-up in Paris on June 24.

Christine Sinclair scored for Canada, and is now two goals shy of Abby Wambach’s international record.

Janine Beckie thought she’s earned a first minute penalty, but a lengthy review by VAR didn’t change the awarding of the foul, rather moving it outside the 18.

Speaking of 18, teenager Jordyn Huitema was caught offside after slotting a 1v1 goal through the legs of Dutch keeper Sari van Veenendaal.

Dekker nodded a Sherida Spitse free kick home in the 54th minute, a lead that would only last six minutes.

Sinclair made it 1-1 with a sliding back post finish with aplomb. The cross from Ashley Lawrence off a perfect Huitema lay-off set-up the captain.

Desiree van Lunteren sent a cross into the box that Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe couldn’t handle, allowing substitute Beerensteyn to run onto the ball at the back post.

Cameroon 2-1 New Zealand

An own goal nearly made sure neither Cameroon nor New Zealand advanced as a third place team, but Ajara Nchout had other ideas.

Nchout’s early second half goal had looked to have been the difference, but Aurelle Awona’s clearing attempt ended with her hammering a cross into her own goal with 10 minutes to play.

It would’ve been a rough way to go out, but Nchout danced around a few defenders to score a goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Watch Live: 2019 Women’s World Cup – Day 9

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A pair of group stage matches are on the docket for Day 9 of the Women’s World Cup in France.

The Netherlands and Cameroon kick things off at 9 a.m. ET before Canada and New Zealand tangle at 3 p.m.

Both the Dutch and Canada can clinch knockout round berths before meeting in the group stage finale.

You can watch every single game from the tournament live online in Spanish via Telemundo Deportes and via the NBC Sports App. All you have to do is click on the links below.

[ LIVE: Watch every single 2019 Women’s World Cup game ]

Here is your full schedule for Friday, June 14 at the Women’s World Cup.

2019 Women’s World Cup schedule

Group E: Cameroon v. Netherlands – 9 a.m. ET – STREAM LIVE
Group E: Canada v. New Zealand – 3 p.m. ET – STREAM LIVE

Women’s World Cup: Canada holds off Cameroon, Argentina makes history (video)

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The Women’s World Cup was light on games on Monday (just two) and goals (just one), but there were plenty of storylines to discuss.

Here’s a look at Monday’s Women’s World Cup 2019 action from France.

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Canada 1-0 Cameroon

A set piece goal ended up being the difference as Canada edged out Cameroon in both nations’ World Cup openers. In the 45th minute, seconds before the halftime whistle, centerback Kadeisha Buchanan made a darting run to the backpost and was unmarked before delivering a powerful header down into the ground and in for a goal to put Canada in front.

The Canadians controlled the match and had chances throughout, with the pressure building over the course of the first half. American-raised Cameroon defender Estelle Johnson, born in the African nation while her father was serving in the Peace Corps, helped shore up the Cameroon backline and absorb the pressure, but it was a set piece where Cameroon’s inexperience at the international game came back to haunt them.

Late in the match, Christine Sinclair came about a foot away from scoring her 182nd career goal, but the close-range shot was re-directed off the line.

Argentina 0-0 Japan

In Argentina’s third World Cup appearance, the South American nation with quite the pedigree on the men’s side of the game, made history, and hopefully the team can use this momentum for the future.

In Argentina’s scoreless draw with defending World Cup finalists, Japan, the Albiceleste kept a clean sheet and avoided defeat for the first time in their World Cup history. Argentina was 0-6 heading into this year’s competition, including a 6-0 debut defeat in the 2003 World Cup to Japan.

It was an end to end match at times, though Japan finished with eight shots, including three on goal, but Argentina goalkeeper Vanina Correa was equal to it. With the draw, both teams know that a win against their next opponents, England for Argentina and Scotland for Japan, will surely mean they’re a step closer to a place in the next round.