England ended host Canada’s dream at the Women’s World Cup 2-1 on Saturday to advance to their first semi-finals at the tournament where they meet defending champions Japan, 1-0 winners over Australia. Early goals from Jodie Taylor and Lucy Bronze dampened the cheers of the capacity 54,027 crowd in BC Place Stadium and kept England on track after losing their opening game of the tournament against France. England follow on from their first win in a World Cup knockout game against Norway in the last 16. “They’re history makers again, only the third ever English team to get to a semi-final, we join that ’66 and ’90 club,” said coach Mark Sampson referring to the England men’s team. “The dream’s over, it’s not how we imagined it to end,” said Canadian counterpart John Herdman. . “We hadn’t written the script to be 2-0 down that early. Gutted, gutted for all of Canada. “They (England) were hard to break down. They […]

The Women’s World Cup heats up this weekend with Australia challenging holders Japan and hosts Canada up against England in the quarter-finals. The rerun of last year’s Asian Cup final at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium will see temperatures of 31 degrees celsius, with the heat at ground level set to swell closer to 50 degrees celsius due to the synthetic playing surface. Canada will then go head-to-head with England in Vancouver’s BC Stadium later Saturday, where west coast temperatures are also soaring. But Australia coach Alen Stajcic believes his young side, ranked 10th, can cool the spirits of fourth-ranked Japan, a team the Matildas have played often. “We played Japan twice in the Asian Cup and we fought back to 2-2 in the first game,” he said. “They played us in the final and they managed to beat us 1-0 on a set piece. . “We’ve got a big assignment on our hands. We’re up against a very good team, but […]

A Josee Belanger second-half goal was enough to keep hosts’ Canada’s Women’s World Cup dream alive in a slim 1-0 win over Switzerland which gave them a quarter-final spot. The 29-year-old from Quebec scored the winner after 52 minutes to the delight of a passionate home crowd of 53,855 at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium on Sunday. Olympic bronze medallists Canada, fourth in 2003 and ranked eighth, next play either former champions Norway or England next Saturday in Vancouver for a place in the semi-final. “Belanger was fantastic in the second half, she came up trumps for Canada,” said coach John Herdman. “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved. We have to make sure we keep rolling, keep this machine on the move.” Switzerland, competing in their first World Cup and ranked 19th, had advanced from the group stage as one of the best third-place finishers. In a high-intensity balanced match, Switzerland’s Ramona Bachmann had a near post shot pushed out early […]