Belo Horizonte, June 22 (AP/UNB) — Only defending champion Chile and Colombia have qualified for the Copa America knockout stage after two rounds of group matches.
The third and last round starts on Saturday.
The top two in each group and the two best third-place finishers advance to the quarterfinals.
Here is the situation before the round begins:
Brazil and Peru have four points each, but the host leads on tiebreakers. They face off in Sao Paulo, with the winner to advance in first position. If they draw, Venezuela could top the group if it beats Bolivia by four goals or more in Belo Horizonte.
If Venezuela draws, it will finish third and need to wait for other results to know its future.
Bolivia has remote possibilities of advancing. It will need to hammer Venezuela to make up for the six goals it has conceded so far.
With Colombia through as group winner, the focus is on Argentina in last position with one point.
To finish second, Lionel Messi's team will need to beat Qatar in Porto Alegre on Sunday and hope Paraguay, with two points, doesn't win against Colombia in Salvador. If Paraguay wins, Argentina will finish third.
In that case, Argentina will hope Brazil beats Peru by more than two goals and that Japan doesn't beat Ecuador on Monday in Belo Horizonte in Group C.
If Argentina draws the Asian champion, it will cheer for Colombia to beat Paraguay by more than two goals, and that Japan and Ecuador draw as well.
Chile, already qualified to the next stage with six points, and Uruguay, with four points, will play on Monday in Rio de Janeiro for top place in the group.
Japan and Ecuador face off later and need to win to advance as one of the best third-place sides. To finish second, Japan needs to beat Ecuador and hope for Uruguay to lose.
Ecuador can also go through if it scores its first three points against Japan, and Bolivia doesn't beat Venezuela and Argentina draws with Qatar.
Germany advanced to the Women's World Cup quarterfinals for the eighth straight time, beating African champion Nigeria 3-0 Saturday at Grenoble, France.
Germany captain Alexandra Popp, playing in her 100th international match, scored in the 20th minute. Sara Däbritz made it 2-0 in the 27th with a penalty kick and Lea Schüller got the final goal in the 82nd.
Second-ranked Germany, which has outscored opponents 9-0, plays the winner of Monday's match between Sweden and Canada on June 29 at Rennes, a weeklong layoff that gives time for midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsán's broken toe to heal. The Germans, who won the tournament in 2003 and 2007, have never failed to reach the quarterfinals.
No. 38 Nigeria was in the knockout phase for the second time, the first since it lost in the quarterfinals to Brazil in 1999, and it joined Cameroon to become the first pair of African teams to reach the knockout stage in the same Women's World Cup. The Indomitable Lionesses play England on Sunday.
Popp scored on a 4-yard header off Lina Magull's corner kick, her 48th international goal. A video review upheld the goal after determining Svenja Huth, who was in an offside position, did not obstruct the view of goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie.
Däbritz scored on a low penalty kick beyond the outstretched left hand of Nnadozie, her third goal of the tournament and 13th of her international career. Evelyn Nwabuoko had tried to clear a ball but made a studs-up follow through into Magull, causing the penalty.
Nigeria had an excellent chance to cut its deficit in the 50th when second-half substitute Rasheedat Ajibade streaked up a flank and passed to an open Desire Oparanozie, but the ball was just ahead of the forward and rolled by.
Schüller got her ninth international goal following a giveaway by Halimatu Ayinde.
The Super Falcons were missing defender Ngozi Ebere and midfielder Rita Chikwelu, who served suspensions for yellow card accumulation, and forward Asisat Oshoala, who was injured.
Dhaka, June 22 (UNB) – Tangail District clinched the zonal title to reach the final round of the JFA U-14 National Women’s Football Championship eliminating hosts Mymensingh District by 3-1 goals in the zonal final at the Rafiquddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh on Saturday.
Shita Rani, Jannatul and Shirin scored one each for the winners while Marufa netted the consolation goal for the losers.
President of Mymensingh District Football Association Delwar Hossain Mukul witnessed the day’s match as the chief guest and later he distributed the prizes.
Dhaka, June 22 (UNB) - Magura District emerged zonal champions to reach the final round of the BFF-Unicef U-16 National Women’s Football Championship crushing hosts Jashore District by massive 11-0 goals in the regional final at the Shamsul Huda District Stadium in Jashore on Saturday, featuring two hat-tricks by Bristy and Orpita.
At the Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Football Stadium in Gopalganj, hosts Gopalganj outplayed Rajbari District by 4-0 goals while Bagerhat District beat Faridpur District by 2-0 goals in tie-breaker as the match was locked in 1-1 in the scheduled time.
At the Khagrachhari District Stadium, Rangamati District beat Noakhali District by 1-0 goal by dint of the goal scored by Sui Chakma.
Reims, Jun 22 (AP/UNB) — U.S. Soccer and players for the women's national team have tentatively agreed to mediate a lawsuit that accuses the federation of gender discrimination and seeks equitable pay.
The federation and representatives for the players confirmed the agreement, first reported in the Wall Street Journal, to pursue mediation following the Women's World Cup.
"Here to win a World Cup, lawyers are at home to do their thing, so we both have our jobs," defender Kelley O'Hara said Saturday. "This team has always been good at compartmentalizing. We focus on the task at hand and I haven't paid any mind on anything that's been going on. That's something we'll pick back up when we get home but right now my only focus is winning the World Cup."
The United States, the defending champion and three-time World Cup winner, won its first three games of the tournament and is set to play Spain on Monday in the knockout stage. The championship game is set for July 7 in Lyon.
Twenty-eight members of the current player pool filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in March. The lawsuit alleges "institutionalized gender discrimination" that includes inequitable compensation when compared with their counterparts on the men's national team.
"While we welcome the opportunity to mediate, we are disappointed the plaintiffs' counsel felt it necessary to share this news publicly during the Women's World Cup and create any possible distraction from the team's focus on the tournament and success on the field," U.S. Soccer said in a statement.
The federation has maintained the differences in pay are the result of different collective bargaining agreements that establish distinct pay structures for the two teams. Those agreements are not public. Court documents said decisions surrounding the teams have been made for "legitimate business reasons and not for any discriminatory or other unlawful purpose."
The lawsuit was an escalation of a long-simmering dispute over pay and treatment. Five players filed a complaint in 2016 with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged wage discrimination by the federation. The lawsuit effectively ended that EEOC complaint.
The federation and the team reached a collective bargaining agreement in April 2017. The agreement, which runs through 2021, gave the players higher pay and better benefits.
Defender Ai Krieger said she hasn't given the lawsuit any thought.
"Right now we're so focused on the game against Spain, and that's what's important for us right now," she said.