Two of the World Cup’s prime contenders made big statements on the primary day of spherical of 16 matches, with a Japanese star netting her fifth purpose of the event.
Japan and Spain have showcased their World Cup title credentials with crushing wins within the first spherical of 16 matches on Saturday.
Spain blitzed Switzerland 5-1 and Japan continued its ominous type with a 3-1 victory over Norway.
Hinata Miyazawa scored her fifth purpose of the event in Japan’s victory and had commentators in awe of her type.
American striker Jessica McDonald informed Optus Sport: “World be careful for this one as a result of she’s on her entrance foot. She’s on a roll. And as soon as a striker begins scoring objectives, it’s so exhausting to cease.”
Spain will subsequent face Netherlands or Sputh Africa, whereas Japan will probably be up in opposition to both Sweden or USA within the quarter-finals.
8PM: JAPAN STORMS INTO QUARTER FINALS
In a conflict between two former champions, the groups had been degree on the break earlier than Japan pulled away within the second half by way of objectives by Risa Shimizu and Hinata Miyazawa.
7PM: US STAR EXPLAINS ‘MELBY’ NAME
US nice Alex Morgan has defined the story behind the ‘Melby’ nickname the group gave to Melbourne which has precipitated a stir within the Victorian capital.
Victorians are a parochial bunch and plenty of didn’t take kindly to their capital metropolis being known as Melby.
However there was nothing sinister within the title, as Morgan defined.
“I didn’t know there was a stir precipitated from shoterning a metropolis’s title,” she stated.
“I imply they are saying brekky. So I assumed Melby, it was simply the subsequent continuation of that. However we’ll name them no matter they need. So it’s Melbourne.”
6.20PM: RECORD EQUALLED FOR OWN GOALS
After the opening purpose of Japan’s conflict with Norway was an personal purpose, there have already been eight at this event — with a bunch of matches nonetheless to be performed.
That’s the present file, set on the 2019 event.
It might take a courageous fan to foretell the file isn’t damaged within the subsequent few days the best way video games have been going.
5.50PM: RECORD KIWI CROWD WATCHES ON
Take a bow New Zealand!
The Kiwis might need been knocked out within the group stage of the World Cup, however their absence hasn’t stopped a file crowd turning out for the spherical of 16 match between Spain and Switzerland.
A crowd of 43,217 attended the match at Auckland’s Eden Park, a file for any males’s or girls’s soccer fixture in New Zealand historical past.
They noticed Spain reign supreme 5-1 to guide its place within the final eight.
5.30PM: WORLD CUP PROVES NEW ERA OF WOMEN’S FOOTBALL HAS ARRIVED
The times of “complete predictability” on the Girls’s World Cup are over, two-times profitable coach Jill Ellis stated on Friday, after Germany grew to become the newest and most high-profile victims.
Ellis led america to World Cup glory in 2015 and 2019, however the People had been made to look something however champions as they squeezed into the knockout rounds.
Final yr’s European Championship runners-up Germany, Brazil, Italy and Olympic champions Canada had been all turfed out within the group section. Morocco, Nigeria, Jamaica and South Africa as a substitute all progressed.
“Whoa, it’s been a doozy thus far,” the 56-year-old Ellis informed reporters.
“I believe all of us really feel this — that gone are the times of complete predictability. “We’ve seen giants of the sport knocked out, we’ve seen debutants advance to the subsequent spherical, which lends itself to this being one of the vital attention-grabbing, unpredictable and arguably thrilling World Cups we’ve seen up to now.”
Wanting into the explanations for the success of the lower-ranked groups, Ellis — now head of FIFA’s technical examine group — stated: “General the extent of play is advancing.
“The extent of teaching has superior clearly and we’re seeing stars that we’ve by no means seen earlier than on this sort of stage.” Higher defending and goalkeeping had been chief among the many causes for the hole closing on the groups historically thought to be the very best, Ellis and her FIFA colleagues stated, digging into the information from the group stage.
4.30PM: GERMAN COACH TALKS FUTURE AFTER SHOCK EXIT
has no intention of quitting regardless of their shock early exit from the Girls’s World Cup and denied studies of a rift together with her squad.
A 1-1 draw in opposition to South Korea on Thursday meant Germany, one of many pre-tournament favourites, went out on the group stage for the primary time of their historical past.
After the German males’s group additionally failed to achieve the final 16 at each the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, their girls’s group has endured the identical destiny.
“The straightforward factor is to run away when issues get tough in life,” Voss-Tecklenburg, who’s underneath contract till 2025, informed reporters north of Sydney.
“I’ve by no means run away when issues obtained robust.” Germany gained the World Cup in 2003 and 2007 and began their bid for a 3rd title with a 6-0 demolition of Morocco.
However a shock 2-1 defeat to eventual Group H winners Colombia and the draw with the Koreans noticed them exit on the first hurdle.
“I nonetheless have the agency perception to take the subsequent steps in German girls’s soccer with everybody concerned,” Voss-Tecklenburg, who has been in cost since 2019, stated.
“I’ll keep tenacious and powerful.” She was given a vote of confidence by German FA president Bernd Neuendorf on Friday.
Voss-Tecklenburg denied a report in Germany’s top-selling newspaper Bild of a rift and communication issues together with her squad.
“We discuss to the gamers, we haven’t skilled that right here in the course of the event. I’ve full confidence within the honesty of the gamers,” she stated.
Joti Chatzialexiou, sports activities director of the German FA, additionally dismissed hypothesis of a falling-out.
“Nothing like this was communicated to us,” he stated.
4PM: SPAIN CONCEDES HORROR OWN GOAL
There’s personal objectives.
The there’s the horror personal purpose Spain produced throughout its spherical of 16 tie in opposition to Switzerland.
Laia Codina was the offender, trying a again move from close to the midway line which was badly overhit and eluded goalkeeper Cata Coll.
That made the rating 1-1 however Spain has since regained its composure and cruised to a 5-1 victory to be the primary group into the quarter-finals.
WATCH THE GOAL IN THE PLAYER ABOVE
11AM: US LEFT RED-FACED AFTER WOEFUL ATTEMPT AT AUSSIE SLANG
The Twitter admin of the U.S. Girls’s Soccer Crew might need simply turned the entire of Melbourne in opposition to them.
That’s actually the sentiment from feedback replying to a tweet posted on Friday evening during which ‘Melbourne’ was shortened to ‘Melby’.
Aussies had been fast to let our American associates know that they’ll be supporting Sweden within the USA’s upcoming spherical of 16 conflict, whereas others wished the submit instantly deleted.
A-League facet Melbourne Victory determined to chime in with an “excuse me?” adopted by a perplexed-looking emoji.
The ‘Melby’ drama even entered the AFL world, with Information Corp worker Tim Michell tying on this weekend’s spherical of soccer.
Who’s up for North Melby vs Melby on Sunday?
8:00AM BIGGER THAN MANCHESTER DERBY: TILLIES SMASH STREAM RECORDS
– Erin Smith
Greater than 6000 soccer video games have been streamed on Optus Sports activities – the do or die conflict between the Matildas and Canada was the seventeenth most watched recreation within the platform’s seven yr historical past.
Optus vice chairman of tv, content material and product improvement Clive Dickens stated the second week of the FIFA Girls’s World Cup group levels had attracted the biggest ever week of viewers on Optus Sport – taking up the file set within the first week of competitors.
The streaming service has broadcast quite a few huge video games together with European Cup finals, Champions League and Premier League — with the Matildas V Canada recreation the seventeenth most streamed — sitting forward of the Manchester Metropolis and Manchester United English Premier League derbies from 2021 and 2022.
It follows the free to air protection on Channel 7 additionally smashing information with the Matildas first three video games attracting 8.02 million broadcast viewers.
Dickens is assured the Matildas have what it takes to defeat Denmark of their Spherical of 16 conflict on Monday and progress to the quarterfinals and even past.
“With (hopefully) 4 extra huge video games to come back we’re undoubtedly going to see extra folks watching,” Dickens stated.
“We anticipate Monday’s recreation to eclipse the Canada recreation and get into the highest 10 or 5 which might be wonderful.
“It’s clearly a massively vital occasion. It’s been huge for many years. I believe the France World Cup had a complete viewers of 1 billion and FIFA remains to be predicting the entire viewers by the top of August will probably be 2 billion.
“I believe it’s a lot greater than being a girls’s sport. It’s simply elite athletes doing an incredible job.”
Dickens stated it was the tales off the pitch had been additionally attracting consideration – with Optus produced social media content material being seen 25 million occasions prior to now two weeks by Australians.
“We noticed the story from the Jamaica recreation the place they progressed to the Spherical of 16. They acknowledged that they really used GoFundMe to partially fund their journey to Australia,” Dickens stated.
“Now that shouldn’t should occur, and gained’t occur sooner or later, however it’s simply unimaginable. If you undergo that kind of battle and focus to carry out on a World Stage in fact you’re not going to go dwelling early unnecessarily.”