|STORY OF THE DAY!|
Turning Point | Solo: 'I did the stall tactic'
| After having a huge edge in play during the first half, the USA came under pressure to start the second half of its Women's World Cup semifinal against Germany in Montreal. The game changed in the
59th minute when Germany was awarded a penalty kick, but Celia Sasic missed wide, ending Germany's streak of having converted every penalty kick -- 17 in all
-- it's taken at the Women's World Cup. |
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|"Due to their current commitments in Zurich, the FIFA President and the FIFA Secretary General will remain at the FIFA Headquarters."|
-- FIFA statement that its president, Sepp Blatter, and secretary general, Jerome Valcke, will not travel to Canada for Sunday's Women's World Cup final. Joao Havelange, Blatter's predecessor, handed the USA the Women's World Cup trophy in 1991 and Blatter did the same in 1999. It's been suggested Blatter and Valcke
would be ill-advised to leave Switzerland after the Federal indictment against nine current and former FIFA officials and five sports marketing executives. (Reuters)