French goals, USA punch through Columbia and Japan sent to Coventry
Yesterday’s second round of the Women’s football here in London 2012 and we kick off the roundup with France vs North Korea as the French side advanced their efforts to become The Sportist’s favourite team in the competition by refusing to score for the first 44 minutes of the match before taking the lead on the stroke of half-time and crashing in 4 goals in the second half. Having now scored 7 times in the space of two matches, the French are on course to record a tally of 8,234 goals by the time the tournament draws to a close on August 9.
Team GB showed impressive composure to book a quarter final slot with a 3-0 victory against Cameroon, including Jill Scott slotting home with possibly the best team goal of the tournament so far after a fantastic back heel in from Arsenal’s Kim Little. Casey Stoney opened the scoring with a goal the term ‘tap-in’ was invented for, whilst Steph Houghton finished things off late in the second half with a strike from the edge of the area.
The hosts will be joined in the knock-out stages by the USA and Brazil, both of whom maintained 100% records for the tournament against Colombia and New Zealand respectively. Clearly taking The Sportist’s goal celebration criticisms to heart, Brazil did their utmost not to score against the Kiwis before eventually giving into their natural instincts with Cristiane’s superb lob in the 85th minute proving enough. Colombia’s Lady Andrade, meanwhile, failed in a novel attempt to bring cross-sporting exposure to London 2012 with this boxing-ring attempt to stop Abby Wambach. If this catches on, The Sportist is greatly looking forward to combined kayaking and archery in the 2016 games. Kaychery.
In Group F, South Africa continued their phobia of beginnings by conceding within 10 minutes against Canada, Melissa Tancredi slotting in after good work by Diana Matheson before Christine Sinclair finished things off near the hour mark, smashing in her own header which probably crossed the line anyway. Japan and Sweden, meanwhile, played out a draw so deathly boring that it really could only have happened in Coventry. Not quite what was expected of the current World Champions.
Continuing our love of all things Twitter, we finish off with USA goalkeeper Hope Solo’s brilliant rant towards Brandi Chastain, former USA player and now NBC commentator who seemingly had the temerity to question elements of the USA’s performances today and over the tournament. Given that today’s victory represented a record seventh in a row in Olympic competition even the most nit-picking, curmudgeonly of commentators would find it difficult to argue.
Over to you, Hope:
‘Lay off commentating about defending and g[oal]k[eep]ing until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago #fb