Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
No surprises at Women's World Cup
by Paul Kennedy, September 24th, 2007 7AM



The were no surprises in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Women's World Cup. The four winners were the three former champions -- the USA (1991 and 1999), Norway (1995) and Germany (2003) -- and the 2004 Olympic silver-medalist Brazil, the only unbeaten and untied team through four games at this year's finals in China.

All four quarterfinal matches were relatively even games, including the USA's 3-0 win over England in which the Americans benefited from poor defending to score three second-half goals and eliminate the English.

Brazil completed the field for the final four with a surprisingly tense 3-2 victory over Australia, which had rallied from two goals down to tie Brazil in the second half.

Cristiane's brilliant strike with 15 minutes remaining gave the Brazilians the win after goals by Lisa De Vanna and Lauren Colthorpe drew the Matildas even.

Earlier on Sunday, teenage striker Isabell Herlovsen sneaked free in the area to score and give Norway a 1-0 lead over China in the 32nd minute that held up despite the host team's 21-8 edge in shots for the game.

Saturday's Germany-North Korea quarterfinal in Wuhan was much closer than the 3-0 score indicated.

Goalie Nadine Angerer, the long-time backup to Silke Rottenberg, had a big game to pick up her fourth straight shutout of the tournament.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
Johnson scores again in Champions League    
Fabian Johnson scored in his second straight game for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League ...
Coach Michelle French names 20 for U-20 Women's World Cup qualifying    
Eight collegians and 12 youth club players comprise Coach Michelle French's roster for the U-20 Women's ...
MLS preseason returns to Tucson in 2016    
Ten MLS teams will take part in preseason training in Tucson, Arizona, where the 2016 Desert ...
Ellis calls up Colaprico and Lavelle for first time    
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Eilis called in 28 players -- 20 who went to ...
What They're Saying: Chris Dangerfield    
'We used to go to movies, have cups of tea, strange things you do when you ...
What They're Saying: Tim Leiweke    
"I think we have found a site. It's probably different than what people think we're doing, ...
Video Pick: How Ronaldo gets treated by customs     
Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't seem to have a difficult time getting through customs, as demonstrated by this ...
NASL's Jacksonville banks on Tony Meola    
Hall of Fame goalkeeper Tony Meola, whose previous coaching experience since retiring as a player in ...
Video Pick: Messi proves he's fully recovered    
Lionel Messi, out of Barcelona's starting lineup for two months because of a knee injury, scored ...
Red Bulls' success nets Marsch Coach of the Year honors    
Inexperienced head coaches don't often flourish in MLS, yet in just his second season as a ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives