Brisbane: Colin Bell is hoping Korea Republic can cause an upset when they face Germany in their final Group H fixture of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 at the Brisbane Rectangular Stadium on Thursday.
Having failed to pick up a point across two matchdays, Korea Republic face a tough task to reach the Round of 16 as they need to beat Germany by a five-goal margin and hope Morocco lose to Colombia.
Despite also not having scored a goal in the tournament, Bell’s side are determined to claim a positive result, having lost their last six games at the FIFA Women's World Cup since beating Spain 2-1 in the 2015 edition.
Pressure on Australia in last-16 clash: Denmark coach
Perth: Lars Sondergaard said the pressure is on co-hosts Australia in front of a packed house after his Denmark side reached the knockout stages of the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 28 years.
The Danes set up a date with Australia in the last 16 after a 2-0 win over debutants Haiti to take second place in Group D behind England.
Shui: China PR will learn and bounce back stronger
Adelaide: China PR coach Shui Qingxia vowed to quickly learn the lessons from the disappointment of her team’s exit from the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 after the Steel Roses suffered a 6-1 loss against European champions England at Adelaide’s Hindmarsh Stadium on Tuesday.
Lauren James scored twice for Sarina Wiegman’s side while Alessia Russo, Lauren Hemp, Chloe Kelly and Rachel Daly were also on the scoresheet as the Chinese struggled to match the technical and physically commanding Lionesses, who advance to the last 16 as Group D winners.
Shui’s side, meanwhile, exit the competition having finished in third place in the group behind runners-up Denmark, meaning China PR have been knocked out at the opening phase for the first time in eight appearances at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals.
Riyadh: Al Nassr confirmed the signing of Bayern Munich striker Sadio Mane on Tuesday as the Senegal star prepares to team up with five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
The twice African Footballer of the Year is the latest high profile player to join the Saudi Pro league, following the footsteps of Karim Benzema, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Riyad Mahrez, Allan Saint-Maximin and others.
It’s My Game: The meteoric rise of Palestine’s Heba Saadieh
In this episode of “It’s My Game”, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) shares the inspiring story of Heba Saadieh, the Palestinian referee who has carved a niche for herself on the global stage.
Saadieh, who has been a mainstay in the AFC’s roster of match officials, created history yesterday when she took the field as an assistant referee in the Group Stage match between China and England at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023, making her the first Palestinian, male or female, to officiate at the global showpiece.