Sweden and the United States will battle it out to finish top of Group F at the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Thursday.
Both countries have just secured a spot in the knockout stages after progressive wins in their initial two matches. In any case, they will each be quick to secure the best spot in the last-16 bracket, with the side in second set to confront an all the more challenging run to the final.
The United States are yet to yield a goal in France and followed up their 13-0 battering of Thailand with an professional 3-0 win against Chile on Sunday. Sweden had the option to drift to a 5-1 win over Thailand on the same day.
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Sweden delighted in an agreeable 5-1 triumph against Thailand on Sunday to make it two wins from two games and secure their place in the knockout stages however because of the USA’s prevalent goal distinction, they have to win this match to guarantee top spot in the group.
They took the opportunity to rotate and rest players against Thailand and were able to conserve energy during the second half with the match already won and an eye on this fixture.
Sweden broadly stunned the USA at the 2016 Olympics with a win in the quarter-finals with the Swedes being 4-3 winners in the first since forever shootout in Olympic women’s ‘ soccer, with the scores 1-1 after additional time in an acutely challenged quarter-final in Brasilia and they will want to take some motivation from that triumph.
USA have booked their place in the knockout stages with two successive successes, they followed up their huge triumph against Thailand by winning their second match of the tournament 3-0 against Chile, with a debilitated group as players, for example, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Crystal Dunn were on the bench.
Even with all of the changes, USA were far too good for Chile and were it not for the Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler the Americans’ would likely have scored five or six goals.
Coach Jill Ellis has utilized a substantial squad turn in the tournament so far implying that each outfield player in the American squad has now included in this World Cup so further changes are normal here despite the fact that they will name something near their most grounded team.
Here are the most latest odds for what should be a competitive encounter, as well as the key viewing details.
Sweden win (11-1)
United States (1-3)
Odds are courtesy of Oddschecker.
When is Sweden vs USA taking place?
Thursday 20th June 2019 – 20:00 (UK)
Where is Sweden vs USA taking place?
Stade Océane, Le Havre
What television channel is Sweden vs USA on?
BBC Four, BBC (UK), Fox Sports 1 (U.S.)
Where can I stream Sweden vs USA?
Sweden and the USA meet in a table-topping conflict to choose who will complete first in Group F. USA have not been tried therefore yet in the tournament with two entirely agreeable successes and this is certain to be an a lot greater examination of their accreditations. The defence of USA is viewed as a potential weakness and Sweden will test this theory much more than either Thailand or Chile did but it would still be a shock if they managed to topple the reigning World Cup champions so expect USA to make it three wins from three and to move into the knockout stages as a group winner.
Chelsea reaches first Champions League final as goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount secured a 2-0 victory over Real Madrid
Chelsea arrived at their first Champions League last since 2012 as goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount got a 2-0 victory over Real Madrid in their semifinal second leg at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to win the tie 3-1 on total.
Their away goal in Madrid had given Chelsea a narrow advantage heading into the return, and they missed a host of chances that would have given them a lot more wider margin of victory.
Madrid, who welcomed back captain Sergio Ramos, controlled possession from the opening shot without making an opportunity of note.
Werner ought to have given Chelsea the lead on 18 minutes when he tapped home from Ben Chilwell’s cross yet was offside when he didn’t should be.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy pulled off a brilliant save to deny Karim Benzema when he figured out how to get a shot off from the edge of the crate.
What’s more, Chelsea were ahead on 28 minutes when Kai Havertz, played in by N’Golo Kante, saw his dinked exertion over Thibaut Courtois bounce back off the bar and Werner was first to the bounce back to head home from short proximity.
Minutes after the fact, Benzema again constrained Mendy into a decent save with a header following some great play by Luka Modric.
Madrid, record champs of the opposition with 13, attempted to set out any further open doors and it was Chelsea who begun the second half more grounded with Havertz again hitting the bar.
Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane gave Eden Hazard a beginning on a re-visitation of his previous club, however the Belgium global looked route shy of match wellness and littly affected the challenge.
Zidane said after the match: “With continuity, Eden has to play, to regain his confidence, playing, little by little. It’s his second start in a row; we have to get Eden back by playing.”
Thomas Tuchel’s side kept on making chances with Mason Mount and Kante blameworthy of awful misses, while Christian Pulisic – who went ahead for Werner on 67 minutes – streaked a decent ball across the container that Havertz neglected to get on the finish of.
However, with five minutes remaining, Pulisic kept his cool when played through and passed a ball to Mount, who crushed the ball home from short proximity.
“We deserved to win. The first half was difficult; they had a lot of possession and made us suffer,” Tuchel said.
“In the second half, we could have scored so much earlier, so much more to be safe, but now is no time for criticism. It is a fantastic achievement and big congratulations to the team.
“It is not done yet. We want to go all the way; we arrive in Istanbul to win.”
Madrid midfielder Casemiro said his side’s terrible display served to underline what an amazing accomplishment winning the competition three seasons straight is, as they accomplished from 2016 to 2018.
“Today showed that what we did [by winning it before] was historic,” he said. “It isn’t easy to win the Champions League. Every game is difficult. Today showed once again that it isn’t easy to win it.”
The outcome implies Chelsea have become the main club to have both the people’s side arrive at the Champions League last, after Emma Hayes’ side beat Bayern Munich in their elimination round on Sunday to set up a confrontation with Barcelona.
Chelsea’s men’s group will confront Manchester City in Istanbul on May 29 in a second all-English Champions League last in two seasons.
Zidane, who was left protecting his strategies after the match, additionally said: “I think the framework was clear: We played with three at the back and two wing-backs. We’ve played a great deal of games that way. It didn’t end up great – we lost a ton of duels. We needed something, indeed, yet we attempted, and that is football.
“The players who played were OK to play. At the end of the game, we lacked some gas. Vinicius played two games there. I remember against Getafe — he’s a player who can do it.”
Lakers’ LeBron James to miss next 2 games due to ankle pain
LeBron James is required to miss back-to-back games against the LA Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers this week as he rests his injured right ankle, as per they.
Discomfort persisted for James throughout the end of the week when he played two games following a six-week absence. He left Sunday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors and didn’t play in Monday night’s urgent 93-89 victory against the Denver Nuggets.
James is averaging 25.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.8 assists while shooting 51.3% this season for the Lakers, who after Monday’s success sit in fifth spot in the Western Conference with narrow leads over Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers.
Wounds to James and individual All-Star big man Anthony Davis have stalled the Lakers subsequent to winning the 2020 NBA title. James has played in only 43 games this season, with Davis showing up in significantly less (29).
A slide into The Play In-Tournament would place the Lakers in the unprecedented situation of a defending champion being compelled to win one of two games to make the end of the season games (accepting they finish seventh or eighth).
With or without James, the Lakers’ path to the playoffs gets no simpler this week with critical Western Conference games against the Clippers, Blazers, and Suns.
In June, Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz rescheduled from UFC 262 in May to UFC 263
The highly anticipated fight between Leon Edwards and Nate Diaz will presently don’t happen at UFC 262 in May. All things considered, it has been pushed back a few weeks to UFC 263.
Numerous sources affirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Monday following an initial report from Yahoo! Sports.
The change occurred after Diaz endured a minor injury during his training camp that kept him from contending as right on time as May 15. Luckily, the injury was only a slight setback and the former title challenger will be all set again at UFC 263 on June 12.
The rare five-round non-main event fight joins a pay-per-view card that likewise includes a couple of title battles as Israel Adesanya puts his middleweight belt available for anyone in a rematch against Marvin Vettori while Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno meet for the second an ideal opportunity for the flyweight title.
Those two fights previously made UFC 263 a pivotal fight card, however the expansion of Edwards versus Diaz will positively expand the interest in the event, which happens at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., with a full group in participation.
The showdown with Diaz allows Edwards to expand his nine-battle unbeaten streak, which arrives at all the path back to 2016. Edwards most as of late contended in March, yet an unplanned eye jab constrained his battle with Belal Muhammad to be pronounced a no challenge.
Concerning Diaz, the one-time “BMF” title contender shows up since November 2019, when he lost to Jorge Masvidal by TKO following a progression of cuts that brought about specialists not permitting him to continue.
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