Australia still Asia’s top ranked side, DPR Korea into Top 10
Kuala Lumpur: Australia remains Asia’s highest ranked national team despite falling two places, while DPR Korea returned to the global top 10 in the July update of FIFA’s Women’s World Ranking.
A penalty shootout elimination at the hands of Norway in the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup saw the Matildas leapfrogged by the Netherlands and Sweden, as Ante Milicic’s side dropped from sixth to eighth following two wins from four matched at France 2019.
While Australia suffered a slight dip, DPR Korea – who failed to qualify for the World Cup – returned to the top 10 for the first time since 2016, moving up two places to ninth despite not playing an official match since the previous rankings update in March.
USA champs again as Rapinoe, Lavelle deny Netherlands
Lyon: The United States retained the FIFA women's World Cup on Sunday as a Megan Rapinoe penalty and a Rose Lavelle strike gave the holders a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in the final in Lyon.
Rapinoe stroked home from 12 yards to put the USA ahead just after the hour mark and end the tournament as joint top scorer on six goals.
There was an air of inevitability about the 34-year-old, the star of this World Cup on and off the field, putting the USA ahead, and it also seemed inevitable that the breakthrough goal should come from a VAR-awarded penalty.
The whippet-like Lavelle, another stand-out performer over the last month, got the second in the 69th minute, killing off Dutch hopes of a comeback.
Nice: Sweden ended their women's 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup campaign on a high by beating England 2-1 in Saturday's third-place play-off in Nice, as Sofia Jakobsson's first-half strike proved to be the winner.
England were looking to claim the bronze medal for the second successive World Cup, but it was Peter Gerhardsson's side who finished third for the third time.
Kosovare Asllani gave Sweden an 11th-minute lead, before Jakobsson curled in an excellent second midway through the first half, and although Fran Kirby quickly pulled one back, England could not find an equaliser.
Groenen strikes to take Netherlands through to final against USA
Lyon: The Netherlands' rise as a force in women's football continued on Wednesday as Jackie Groenen's extra-time strike saw them edge out Sweden 1-0 in a gruelling 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup semi-final in Lyon, taking the European champions through to Sunday's final against the United States.
After a goalless 90 minutes, midfielder Groenen - a former judo European Championship bronze medallist as a youth who recently agreed a move to Manchester United - broke the deadlock in the 99th minute of a tense contest, breaking Swedish hearts in the process.
When Danielle van de Donk's pass was touched into her path, Groenen sent a low shot from 20 yards beyond the reach of goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl and into the far corner.
Having knocked out Italy and former winners Japan in the previous two rounds, the Dutch are now just one game away from adding a first World Cup to the title they won at Euro 2017 as hosts.
Yoon ends Korea Republic women's national team stint
Seoul: Yoon Duk-yeo has stepped down as the Korea Republic women's national team head coach after six years.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) announced on Tuesday Yoon had offered to resign on June 19, two days after Korea Republic were eliminated in the group stage of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France.
Yoon's contract expired at the end of June and Yoon told Kim Pan-gon, general manager of the women's team, that he wasn't interested in signing an extension.
Kim, who also serves as head of the KFA's national team competitiveness enhancement committee, chaired a meeting on Yoon's status and decided to accept his offer of resignation.
USA into final as Houghton penalty miss costs England dear
Lyon: Alex Morgan scored what proved to be the winner but hailed goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher after her late penalty save from Steph Houghton allowed holders the United States to claim a dramatic 2-1 victory over England in their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France semi-final on Tuesday.
On her 30th birthday, USA co-captain Morgan headed home her sixth goal of the World Cup just after the half-hour mark in this last-four showdown to put her team back in front after Ellen White had cancelled out Christen Press's early opener.
But after an open first 45 minutes, the second half was dominated by more VAR calls, with England having another White goal disallowed for the tightest of offside calls following a review by the Brazilian referee.
Sweden end German hoodoo to set up semi-final clash with Netherlands
Paris: Stina Blackstenius scored the winner as Sweden came from behind to stun old rivals Germany on Saturday and set up a women's World Cup semi-final against the Netherlands, who reached the last four for the first time.
Sweden had not beaten Germany at a major women's tournament since the 1995 World Cup, failing to win any of their subsequent meetings at World Cups, European Championships and Olympics in almost quarter of a century.
That run included defeats in the 2003 World Cup final and the gold medal match at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but they gained revenge in Rennes, coming from behind to win their quarter-final 2-1.