The United States women’s national team will face its hardest task yet in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup when it faces tournament have France in the quarterfinals Friday in Paris. The Americans and French – positioned first and second, individually in our most recent Power Rankings – were seen as ostensibly the best two top favorites to hoist the championship trophy when it’s all said and done, and on Friday one team will be sent packing. The U.S. has never failed to reach the semifinals of a Women’s World Cup, while France is looking to get to the last four for just the second time ever. There, England awaits after beating Norway in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
It’s the reigning victors against the tournament hosts, a matchup numerous prognosticators hovered on their schedules when the move occurred back in December. Lock in light of the fact that this has every one of the makings of a moment great.
USA vs France Match Preview
The USA has played France four times in France, compiling a 2-2-0 record.
The USA is 17-3-3 unequaled against France, however the last nine games following the gathering at the 2012 Olympics have delivered a 4-3-2 record for the USA as France has ascended into the world’s elite.
A few U.S. players have played in France. Lindsey Horan played with and against a significant number of the French players while at Paris Saint-Germain. Horan lived and played in Paris for three-and-half years. Alex Morgan played for a quarter of a year for Olympique Lyon in 2017, helping the club to the League, Cup and Champions League title. Morgan Brian likewise had a short stretch with Lyon in 2018. Megan Rapinoe played in Lyon more than 2013-2014 while Tobin Heath completed a short stretch for PSG during a six-month time span in 2013.
Alex Morgan has six vocation goals against France, one in the World Cup, two in the Olympics, one in the SheBelieves Cup and two out of an friendly match.
Carli Lloyd has two goals against France, one each at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
In the course of the last five matches vs France, the U.S. has scored one goal in four of them and zero in the other. Since the start of 2015, just Alex Morgan (1), Carli Lloyd (1) and Mallory Pugh (2) have scored against Les Bleues.
The USA’s first loss to France went ahead Feb. 8, 2015, a 2-0 mishap in Lorient, France that commenced the 2015 schedule for the two teams. The USA vindicated the loss with a 2-0 triumph in the title round of the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal as Julie Ertz (neé Johnston) and Christen Press scored. The USA’s second loss came at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, while the third took place in the teams’ first match of 2019, a 3-1 U.S. defeat in Le Havre on Jan. 19.
The USA and France likewise met at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, a 1-1 attract an equitably made appearance that saw a couple of value chances for the both teams in what was a tight match. Mallory Pugh scored for the USA in the 35th moment while Eugénie Le Sommer scored for France only four minutes after the fact.
Twenty-one of the 26 U.S. players included on the list that went to France not long ago are on the U.S. World Cup list, including 10 who began at Stade Ocèane.
For France, 12 of the 13 players who played against the USA in January are on their WWC roster, including all 11 starters and one substitute. Overall, 19 of France’s 23-player January roster are in their WWC squad.
The USA played France twice in 2016, winning 1-0 each time, at the SheBelieves Cup on March 6 in Nashville, Tenn., on an goal in second half stoppage time from Alex Morgan, and after that in gathering play of the 2016 Olympics in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on an goal from Carli Lloyd.
The USA and France also faced each other twice in June 2014, a 1-0 U.S. victory in Tampa, Florida, on a goal from Sydney Leroux and a 2-2 draw in East Hartford, Connecticut, as Alex Morgan scored both goals, equalizing twice to cancel out scores from Louisa Necib (on a penalty kick) and Amandine Henry.
Before those games, there came an epic pair of matches in world championships. The USA defeated France 3-1 on July 13, 2011, in the FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal in Monchengladbach, Germany. The U.S. also won the Olympic curtain raiser 4-2 on July 25, 2012, in Glasgow, Scotland, as the USA came back from a 2-0 deficit with Alex Morgan scoring twice, and Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd contributing a goal each.
Before the 2-2 attract 2014, the main tie first the teams came at the Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China, in 2006, a 0-0 draw.
USA vs France Match Details
What time is kick-off and Location?
THIS gigantic last-eight conflict is set for Friday, June 28.
Kick-off is at 8pm BST.
Location: Parc des Princes — Paris, France
The sides met in an friendly back in January, with France running out 3-1 winners.
Which TV channel can I watch it on?
YOU can watch this game on free-to-air TV here in the UK.
It will be shown live on BBC FOUR.
You can discover the channel in HD on Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk TV.
While you can likewise stream all the activity live on the BBC iPlayer, giving you have a valid TV licence.
USA – 1/2 (+130) | France +1/2 (- 150) | O/U: 2.5
Goalkeepers: Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon), Solene Durand (Guingamp), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Arsenal).
Defenders: Julie Debever (Guingamp), Sakina Karchaoui (Montpellier), Amel Majri (Lyon), Gridge Mbock Bathy Nka (Lyon), Eve Perisset (Paris St Germain), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Marion Torrent (Montpellier), Aissatou Tounkara (Atletico Madrid).
Midfielders: Charlotte Bilbault (Paris FC), Elise Bussaglia (Dijon), Maeva Clemaron (Fluery), Onema Grace Geyoro (Paris St germain), Amandine Henry (Lyon), Gaetane Thiney (Paris FC).
Forwards: Viviane Asseyi (Bordeaux), Delphine Cascarino (Lyon), Kadidiatou Diani (Paris St Germain), Valerie Gauvin (Montpellier), Emelyne Laurent (Guingamp), Eugenie Le Sommer (Lyon)
Goalkeepers: Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
Midfielders: Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Allie Long (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage)
Forwards: Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC)
The U.S. controls the ball and does well to prevent chances from France. A Tobin Heath goal in the second half is the difference.
Pick: USA 1, France 0
Hideki Matsuyama absorbed historic golf win while in quarantine in Japan
Hideki Matsuyama is making his first start since winning the Masters a month ago, hoping to regain the form that saw him become the first male Japanese golfer to win a major championship.
There was brief period for Matsuyama to deal with his game as he returned home to Japan following his victory – and afterward needed to isolate for about fourteen days due to the Covid pandemic.
“After you win a tournament and you make some adjustments and you go on, but this time going back to Japan and really not picking up a club much over there, I didn’t get to practice very much at all,” Matsuyama said Tuesday through interpreter Bob Turner at the AT&T Byron Nelson outside of Dallas. “And then coming back here, really one of my goals now is just to try and find my game again and prepare for the PGA Championship next week.”
Matsuyama said he couldn’t see his wife, daughter or parents until after his isolate finished.
During the isolation, he set aside some effort to absorb the victory.
“I was able to probably read every news article and magazine and TV,” Matsuyama said. “And seeing how the Masters win was portrayed in Japan was great — really unforgettable — and that really stands out for my trip to Japan.”
Matsuyama said it was “by far” the most he had ever read about himself.
“A bit embarrassing,” Matsuyama said. “I’m not used to all that attention, but grateful that people took notice.”
Despite the fact that he didn’t watch the whole transmission of the Masters, Matsuyama said he watched features.
“I got nervous again, just like I was playing,” he said. “It was at some points difficult to watch because I was so nervous and all those nervous memories were brought back.”
Matsuyama had a sizable lead on the back nine preceding missing three of the last four openings to hang on and win by 1 shot over Will Zalatoris.
Concerning the green jacket, Matsuyama brought it home to Japan and wore it twice – during a news meeting and again while being respected by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
“Very proud to be able to show it to my parents and family and friends,” Matsuyama said.
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.
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