France and England both advanced to the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup with wins on Wednesday as Colombia backed in as one of the best third-placed finishers Third-ranked France bounced back from a shock defeat to Colombia by whipping Mexico 5-0 in Ottawa to finish top of Group F with six points. England, also on six points, but behind France on goal difference, beat Colombia 2-1 in Montreal and advance second from the group. The 28th-ranked South Americans also advance past the group stage for the first time with four points from three games. Mexico, ranked 15th, are on their way home with one point. “We made things difficult for ourselves by losing against Colombia,” admitted France coach Philippe Bergeroo of their 2-0 defeat which was one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s 24-year history. “A loss today would have sent us home. We’ve achieved our first objective, we can breath a bit easier now.” France are […]

Holders Japan and Olympic champions the United States both kept their title challenges on track as they advanced to the last 16 at the Women’s World Cup on Tuesday as group leaders. The United States, beaten in the 2011 final by Japan, eliminated Nigeria 1-0 in front of their passionate fans in Vancouver’s BC Stadium to lead Group D, after the Japanese had earlier beaten Ecuador 1-0 to top Group C. Surprise African newcomers Cameroon are the only side from the continent left as they beat Switzerland 2-1 to advance second in Group C as Australia finished second in Group D after holding Sweden 1-1 in Edmonton. “I think the crowd was amazing and that had a big part in our game tonight,” said USA coach Jill Ellis of the capacity crowd of nearly 53,000 at BC Place Stadium. “I’m pleased with how we played and pleased to be moving out of a tough, tough group,” she added of a […]

France will be bidding to put their shock defeat to Colombia behind them and seal a last-16 berth along with their South American rivals and England at the Women’s World Cup on Wednesday. The French had been touted as among the pre-tournament favourites but suffered one of the biggest upsets in its 24-year history when they lost 2-0 to Colombia in their second Group F match. Colombia lead Group F with four points ahead of England and France, who have both three, with Mexico on one. . France take on Mexico in their final group game in Ottawa, while England play Colombia in Montreal. Brazil, already through to the next round, are also in action as they take on Costa Rica in Group E in Moncton with Spain playing South Korea in Ottawa. After two games, Brazil have a maximum six points and will finish top of the group with the battle for second place between Costa Rica, who have […]