Women's Soccer

Japan Beats England In Heartbreaker To Advance To WWC Final

England will be wondering what could have been after losing a heartbreaker to Japan in the Women's World Cup semifinals. 

Laura Bassett scored an own goal during injury time to send the defending champions into the final against the United States.

Japan opened the scoring on a 33rd minute penalty from Amy Miyama. England equalized on a Fara Williams penalty seven minutes later.

The score remained 1-1 until Bassett's own-goal in the 92nd minute. 

Japan will play the U.S. on Sunday at 7 p.m. EST.

Highlights (or lowlights, if you're an England fan) below:

Ali Krieger will be in the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue

If the USWNT wanted more publicity before their match last Friday against China, they got it in spades from defender Ali Krieger, who will be featured in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue next month.

Krieger, who received her 70th cap during the US's 2-0 victory over Colombia, will be featured in the issue, which comes out the day after the World Cup final, July 6th.

In the issue, Krieger explained why she decided to pose.

The USWNT Will Face Germany In The WWC Semis Tuesday

If you are a soccer fan, this is the match we've all wanted and waited for: No. 1 vs No. 2 in women's soccer.

Germany will face the U.S. in the semis of the Women's World Cup this coming Tuesday in Montreal after both surviving their quarterfinal matches.

It took penalty kicks, but the Germans outlasted France Friday night to earn their spot in the semis. Meanwhile, the US once again put on another great defensive performance to defeat China, 1-0 on Carli Lloyd's goal.

Germany Advances To WWC Semifinals On Penalties

Germany and France were tied at 1-1 after 120 minutes of play and tied 4-4 after eight made penalties. Then Celia Sasic made her second penalty of the day, and Nadine Angerer saved Claire Lavogez’s effort and Germany were through to the semifinals. 

The game was an especially lively one, with both sides showing the class that made them ranked first (Germany) and third (France) in the world.

France made a grab for the lead in the first minute, but Louisa Necib’s shot went wide.

Why Andy Benoit Was Dead Wrong About Women's Sports

OK, so here's what happened: Sports Illustrated editor Mark Mravic tweeted about England's badass goal to send them to the knockout stage of the World Cup. He mentioned one of SI's football contributors, Andy Benoit, who apparently thinks women's sports are about as exciting as we all think hanging out with Andy Benoit would be. 

The Real Reason For The USWNT's Victory Over Colombia: Diving

Although the win wasn’t pretty, the USWNT is through to the quarterfinals in this year’s World Cup, defeating Colombia, ranked 28th in the world.

The second-ranked U.S. came into the match after “struggling” with seven points during group play, while Colombia seemed to be hot after their upset over France.

It actually shows a lot of growth in women’s soccer that analysts are disappointed with the USWNT supposed difficulties and the high expectations that follow the team.

The USWNT Could Be In Trouble Against China

As the USWNT continue their preparations for their quarterfinal match against China, they do so knowing they’ll be without two of their best players: Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday.

Both got a yellow card in the match against Colombia Monday night, The pair already received yellow cards in a previous match, which means neither can play against the Chinese.

The U.S. will miss both, but especially Rapinoe, who has made a huge impact for the U.S. in the World Cup.

They're In The Game And The Idiots Are Out In Force: Women In FIFA '16

Finally, they’re in the game. EA Sports announced earlier this month that for the first time ever, the members of women’s national teams will be featured in the next iteration of the wildly-popular FIFA video game franchise. Although mostly the news was met with praise and positivity, because this is the internet, of course there were trolls that had to cast a negative light on this development.

Wambach's Swan Song: Her Last Chance For The World Cup

As the American women prepare for their first knockout round match against Colombia, they were met with some sad news from their leading goal scorer. 

Wambach will say her final farewells to the United State’s National Team, as well as club soccer altogether, after announcing her retirement last Sunday. At 35 years old, she has a longer list of achievements than most in the sport, man or woman, at both the club and international level. She is the all-time USWNT leading goal scorer with 183 international goals, 25 more than American legend Mia Hamm. 

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