Argentina's never-give-up attitude the key to Scotland comeback
Burley: Can't argue against Scotland VAR decision
Craig Burley says that Scotland's women can't feel hard done by the laws of the game, after a 3-3 draw against Argentina sent them out of the World Cup.
All very comfortable for England so far. They lead Japan 1-0 at the break thanks to Ellen White's strike. Karen Bardsley, Engalnd's goalkeeper, had to pull off a remarkable save to keep Yokoyama's freekick out but that's been about it. England's best other chances came from Stanway and Daly and on both occasions Yamashita kept them out.
Press: USWNT must always be 'super present'
Christen Press and Jill Ellis delve into all the motivating factors of what drives the USWNT, in particular losing the 2011 World Cup final.
Asked today about her penalty miss that ended the shootout against Sweden in a 2016 Olympic quarterfinal, Christen Press said "All the moments that I'm most proud of have come after failure, and I think that's the easiest one to point at and look at, and look at that clear failure and evaluate how I did responding to it." Among the more contemplative elite athletes you're likely to find, she added last year: "There’s going to be a ton more failures in my future, but that doesn’t mean that my goals aren’t achievable. That’s what it sometimes feels like, it feels like if you miss this penalty, you’ll never be who you wanted to be. Or that history is set in stone and once you’ve lost or failed, that defines you. If I’m in a big moment and this horrible thing that seems all defining is ahead of me again, it’s really not all defining. It really is just that moment."
Speaking to the press ahead of the U.S.’ final group match Thursday, forward Christen Press said this team has a very different feel than it did when it fell to Sweden three years ago at the Olympics. “You don’t forget the taste in your mouth,” she said. But Press said her proudest moments have come after failure, and that history means nothing come game time.
Marta makes World Cup history in Brazil win vs. Italy
ESPN's Natalie Gedra recaps Brazil's victory over Italy, as Marta's 17th World Cup goal moved her ahead of Germany's Miroslav Klose for the most all-time.
With four goals in Australia's 4-1 defeat of Jamaica Tuesday night, Matildas captain Sam Kerr nets the third-most goals scored by a player in a Women's World Cup game in history. (Alex Morgan and Michelle Akers of the U.S. both scored five.) Kerr is also also the first Australian player, man or woman, to score a hat trick at a World Cup. The Matildas are on to the Round of 16.
Hat trick alert: Lethal Aussie striker Sam Kerr has put up two in the first half against Jamaica, both on athletic, leaping, laser-pointed headers off long crosses, to put the Matildas up 2-0 at the half. So far, Kerr's goal celebrations have been muted, just high-fives with her teammates. Will a third bring out the backflip?
Lucy Bronze on last night's controversial decision in France-Nigeria where the referee ordered a penalty to be retaken after the goalkeeper stepped of her line: "It's the rule book. It's something we're aware of and follow the rules as close as we can." Phil Neville adds: "We weren't surprised by the decision - that is the rule so VAR is working as they are the rules."
England manager Phil Neville and defender Lucy Bronze face the press a day out from their final group stage match against Japan. Neville will be ditching the squad rotation policy: "We want to pick the best side, we want to finish top of the group."
USWNT families toured Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery, where they joined 99-year-old WWII veteran Steve Melnikoff in this memorial ceremony.
Julie Foudy juggles & previews Sweden vs. United States
Julie Foudy delivered a one-of-a-kind SportsCenter preview of Sweden vs. United States while also taking on the #Juggle21 challenge.
USWNT players weren't part of the Omaha Beach tour their families took today, but players did visit when the team played in Le Havre in January. Part of the team on that trip, Andi Sullivan described it as the greatest experience she's gotten out of soccer.
While USWNT players prepared for Sweden, family members went on a tour of Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery. Helping guide them was Steve Melnikoff, 99, a veteran of the Normandy invasion in 1944. Drafted in 1943, Melnikoff was 24 when he came ashore on June 7, 1944. Monday was also the 75th anniversary of Melnikoff being wounded during ensuing operations. He was also wounded near Brest, France during the war. Omaha Beach and the surrounding areas are awe inspiring in almost any setting, but listening to one of the remaining veterans describe the events was unforgettable.
Dahlkemper: USWNT have a winning DNA
Abby Dahlkemper insists the USWNT are not focusing on games beyond Sweden in the World Cup.
Dunn: 'We want to play fricken' France'
Crystal Dunn insisted the USWNT want to beat Sweden and finish top and carry their momentum when they face the best teams in the world.
Dunn: U.S. a much better team since Olympic loss to Sweden
USWNT's Crystal Dunn believes the side aren't thinking about their penalty shootout loss to Sweden in the Olympics ahead of their World Cup match.
Ahead of the final two Group C matches – both of which take place at 9 pm Tuesday — only Italy has secured its spot in the round of 16. For its part, Australia can still top the group – or finish fourth – depending on its result against Jamaica and the result of Italy-Brazil. But Matildas head coach Ante Milicic said he is not getting tangled in a pre-match net of possible permutations. "We'll just focus on what we can control, and that's our performance tomorrow," Milicic said Monday. "We will keep playing our style and show full respect to our opponent, Jamaica, and do our job. What happens in the other games happens and we'll see where it lands." Milicic said defender Clare Polkinghorne is still unavailable for selection with a hamstring injury and midfielder Tameka Yallop will be a gameday call.
Four changes for France tonight against Nigeria compared to the team that beat Norway last week: Périsset at right back, Bilbault in midfield, Cascarino in the right wing and Asseyi on the left replace Torrent, Bussaglia, Diani and Le Sommer. Second start in the row for Gauvin up front after being dropped for the first game for lack of discipline.
As for Reggae Girlz head coach Hue Menzies' assessment of the Matildas: "I voted for Sam Kerr as the best player in the world," Menzies said of Australia's captain. "I have got huge respect for her. Their outside box are lethal and Australia lead the World Cup in crosses and they play on the flanks. We have to deal with that and make adjustments."
At Jamaica's press conference in Grenoble Monday night, forward Cheyna Matthews said the Reggae Girlz, who have yet to score a goal in this tournament, believe they can produce a result against the Matildas in their final group-stage match Tuesday night. "Everyone is hungry. We are disappointed with the results we've had, but the vibe in the locker room, we have a pinpoint focus now," said Matthews, who plays for the Washington Spirit of the NWSL. "We come into every game feeling like we can compete. That's what got this team to where we are now, that confidence." Added head coach Hue Menzies: "We have pride in ourselves. We beat up ourselves more than people think because we know we should be doing better. We want to get results. That's why we're here."
Germany comfortable at the break, leading South Africa 3-0. Goals from Leupolz, Daebritz and Popp give them the advantage but they could've had three more had they been more clinical. South Africa not lacking for effort -- Janine Van Wyk has again been exceptional -- but not yet troubling the Germany defence.