Dhaka, Jun 24 (AP/UNB) -As the score remained tied in extra time and the clock ticked toward a penalty kicks shootout, France's stress kept increasing. Hosting the Women's World Cup, Les Bleues are expected to win the title or at least come close.
"It's not simple. We're playing on our home turf," coach Corinne Diacre said through a translator. "There's a constant reminder that we have this pressure to perform."
France survived its first knockout match and advanced to the quarterfinals when captain Amandine Henry redirected Amel Majri's free kick for a tiebreaking goal in the 107th minute of a 2-1 victory over Brazil on Sunday night at Le Havre.
"I didn't remember what happened," Henry said through a translator. "I had my teammates jumping on top of me,"
The World Cup hosts, in the quarterfinals for the third straight time, will play the defending champion United States or Spain at Paris on Friday.
"France has everything that it takes to win," Brazil coach Vadão said through a translator. "France is absolutely prepared to win this World Cup."
France joined England, Germany and Norway in a thus-far all-European quarterfinal field.
"We know that there will be pressure, We know that there will be this burden to bear," Diacre said. "You have to understand that when you're playing in front of such a huge crowd, even when you're on your home turf, it's not something that's easy to get your head around. I think that we can be a little bit patient. I think we can allow our players to crumble under pressure, albeit for a couple of seconds."
Valérie Gauvin, whose first-half goal was disallowed in a video review, put fourth-ranked France ahead in the 52nd minute before a crowd of 23,965 at Stade Oceane, but Thaisa tied the score 11 minutes later for No. 10 Brazil.
Henry scored on a left-footed shot from 7 yards, getting ahead of Monica for her 13th goal in 86 international appearances, her second goal of the tournament.
Brazil had a chance to go ahead near the end of the first extra-time period when Debinha broke in alone and beat goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi, but her shot headed toward goal was blocked in front of the line by defender Griedge Mbock Bathy.
"We weren't at our best. ... I didn't recognize my team," Diacre said. "There is something that is not jelling. Why? Because people are unfortunately not hitting their potential on an individual basis."
This marked perhaps the final World Cup game for 33-year-old Brazilian star Marta, a six-time world player of the year who scored a record 17 goals in five tournaments. And it likely was the last game in the showcase for 41-year-old Formiga, who appeared in a record seven World Cups.
"It's very unlikely that we will see another Marta," Vadão said. "It's unlikely that we still see another player like her for her talent, her professionalism, her character, everything."
France appeared to go ahead in the 23rd minute when Kadidiatou Diani lifted a cross in front of the goal. Brazil goalkeeper Barbara got her hands on the ball and Gauvin crashed into her. The ball went off Gauvin's shoulder and into the net as both players fell to the ground. After they recovered, Canadian referee Marie-Soleil Beaudoin signaled for a video review, and the goal was disallowed because of a foul.
Gauvin did score a goal that counted early in the second half. Diani sped down a flank past Brazilian defender Tamires and crossed. Gauvin slid in ahead of Leticia Santos and poked the ball past Barbara for her 12th goal in 22 international appearances, her second of the tournament.
Bouhaddi prevented an equalizer minutes later, leaping to tip Cristiane's long-range shot off the crossbar and over.
Thaisa tied the score with her sixth goal in 82 appearances. The score at first was disallowed for an offside call on Debinha in the buildup but was reversed in a video review. Wendie Renard's attempted clearance of Debinha's cross went to Thaisa, who scored with a left-footed shot.
"Obviously, I know my players inside out. I know that we weren't 100 percent today and the objective is to hit that 100 percent for the next game," Diacre said. "Will this happen? I don't know. I don't have a magic wand. I don't have a crystal ball. I can't see into the future. But it's something that we're working on."
Charlotte, Jun 24 (AP/UNB) — Uriel Antuna, Raul Jimenez and Fernando Navarro scored and Mexico advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory over Martinique on Sunday in front of 59,283 fans at Bank of America Stadium.
Mexico went 3-0 in group play despite resting a handful of regular starters in its final match of the round, including goaltender Guillermo Ochoa, knowing it had all but clinched a spot in the next round.
Kevin Parsemain and Jordy Delem scored for Martinique (1-2).
Charlotte, Jun 24 (AP/UNB) — Coach John Herdman couldn't be happier about the state of Canadian soccer.
"Our Canadian football system is starting to produce players," Herdman said. "That's exciting, seeing those youngsters coming through."
Canada got three goals each from 19-year-old Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini, and breezed to a 7-0 win over Cuba on Sunday in the first game of a CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader at Bank of America Stadium.
Junior Hoilett also scored for Canada, which finished the group stage with 2-1 record to advance to the quarterfinals. Mexico beat Martinique 3-2 in the other game Sunday.
"I believe in the young guys," said Herdman, who also included another 19-year-old Alphonso Davies and others in talking about Canada's soccer youth movement.
Cuba finished group play a disappointing 0-3, losing by a combined score of 17-0.
Canada took control early as David scored on a point blank shot off a crossing pass from Hoilett just three minutes into the game. It was David's seventh goal in seven international games for Canada, although he wasn't done.
Cavallini stretched the lead to 2-0 at the 21 minute mark when he scored after Hoilett centered a pass that deflected off Cuba midfield Jorge Kindelan and the post. Cavallini stuck out his right foot and nudge the ball into the net — the first of three straight first half goals for the 26-year-old.
He added two more goals in the final three minutes of the first half to give Canada a commanding 4-0 lead at the break. David assisted on one goal and Davies on the other.
After one goal Cavallini stuck his left thumb in his mouth, held out four fingers with his right hand and then patted his chest before kissing his hands and pointing to the sky.
Cuba coach Idalberto Medero said Cavallini and David were difficult for his team to defend.
"They are very fast and very quick with the ball and without it," Medero said. "They know how to move without the ball and play very well together. They play very well with the modern day football, which is very fast."
Ironically the one shot Cavallini couldn't make might have been the easiest attempt.
Leading 5-0, Cavallini had a penalty kick. But he paused as he approached the ball, then fired left of the wide open net, holding his head in disbelief.
It was one of the few mistakes Cavallini and Canada made all day, outshooting Cuba 22-10.
Herdman said he liked that his players brought the energy on a hot afternoon where temperatures were nearing 90 degrees and took Cuba out of the game.
"If we never brought that energy Cuba could have gotten that little injection and made it tough for us," Herdman said. "But there was clarity from all of the players. (Cavallini) and Johnny were given some great opportunities."
Valenciennes, Jun 23 (AP/UNB) — Steph Houghton scored on a rare free kick to set England on its way to a 3-0 victory over Cameroon on Sunday, clinching a place in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals after a game punctuated by the anger of the African team over VAR decisions.
At times during the incident-filled game in northeast France, the Cameroon players looked like they might refuse to resume playing as they protested against decisions while referee Quin Liang struggled to maintain control.
Houghton scored the first goal after the captain was set up for an indirect free kick in the penalty area in the 14th minute.
Ellen White added to the lead in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time with a goal only awarded after an offside call was overruled on a video review.
Cameroon players were seething again when they were denied a goal at the start of the second half when another offside VAR review went against the lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition.
England, which finished third in the 2015 tournament, pulled further ahead in the 58th minute when Alex Greenwood swept in from a corner.
England will next play Norway in the quarterfinals on Thursday in Le Havre.
An unusual opening goal set the tone for a game of remarkable moments at Stade du Hainaut.
When White crossed from the left flank to Duggan, Augustine Ejangue intercepted and passed back to her goalkeeper, Annette Ngo Ndom.
The indirect free kick was awarded, sparking anger among Cameroon players.
Ejangue was caught on camera spitting toward Toni Duggan but she faced no repercussions, even with VAR available to review the incident which could have resulted in a red card.
So Cameroon still had all 11 players to pack onto the goal line. It wasn't enough.
Duggan teed up Houghton on the six-meter box for the shot that Ngo Ndom got a touch on but Ejangue couldn't block on the far post.
During first-half stoppage time, right back Lucy Bronze cut into a central position and slipped the ball through to White, who put the ball in the net.
The flag went up for offside, but the celebrations were only delayed. White was given her fourth goal in three matches at this tournament.
When stadium big screens showed the offside decision, Cameroon players were pointing up, apparently bemused by the call to allow the goal.
As Cameroon's players remained in a huddle protesting, the referee delayed the restart. The game eventually resumed, briefly, before halftime. As the England players headed down the tunnel, their opponents remained on the field to complain to the officials and then to huddle together.
The anger lingered into the second half.
Cameroon thought it had scored inside four minutes of the restart when Ajara Nchout put the ball in the net. Again, celebrations began before she was stopped in her tracks for a VAR review.
Gabrielle Onguene was determined to be in an offside position when Nchout received the ball. Denied a goal, Nchout held her head in her hands and cried.
The playmaker had to be comforted by manager Alain Djeumfa. Again, the Cameroonians looked like they didn't want to resume playing.
England scored a third time in the 58th minute.
A low corner was sent by Dugan to the onrushing Greenwood, who was left unmarked to sweep the ball into the net minutes after her sloppy back pass nearly gave Cameroon a goal.
Dhaka, June 23 (UNB) - Four young booters of Bangladesh will leave here for Brazil on Tuesday for a month-long higher training in the football crazy country.
The selected players -- Jogen Lorka (Rajshahi), Latifur Rahman Nahid (Rangpur), Omar Faruq Mithu (Kurigram) and Nazmul Akanda (Rangpur) -– will groom themselves at the CR Vasco da Gama Football Club of Rio de Janeiro.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell met the booters at the National Sports Council (NSC) on Sunday and wished them a success.
Earlier, the NSC selected them for the higher training in Brazil from initially chosen 20 footballers from two tournaments -- U-15 Development Cup and U-17 Bangabandhu Gold Cup -- after conducting a two-day final selection trial in November last year.