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Highlights: Spain 1-2 USA
The United States came through a testing last-16 tie against Spain to set up a tantalising Women’s World Cup quarter-final against France.The world’s number-one side and pre-tournament favourites were given a scare by the Spaniards but survived the first nervy match of their title defence with a narrow win thanks to two penalties.Megan Rapinoe’s early goal from the spot gave the USA the lead but Spain hit back when Jennifer Hermoso capitalised on a defensive mix-up to equalise brilliantly.Jill Ellis’ side were awarded another penalty in a tense second half, with the decision standing after a lengthy review from the VAR officials; Spain unhappy at what they saw as the soft nature of midfielder Rose Lavelle’s tumble in the box.Relive the action from ReimsPlayer Rater: USA v SpainRapinoe held her nerve to fire in from the spot for a second time and ensure the holders will face the hosts in Paris on Friday, in what promises to be one of the games of the competition.A potential semi-final against England could follow, with the winner of the Lionesses’ quarter-final against Norway in Le Havre on Thursday set to meet the victors from the USA and France’s clash.Relief for the favourites
Mapi Leon (left) tripped up Tobin Heath which resulted in Megan Rapinoe’s openerThe three-time champions were made to work hard for their last-eight spot, and briefly gave their fans reason to fear they might not extend their record of having always at least reached the semi-finals.There was a shocked reaction when Hermoso levelled for Spain, as the USA conceded for the first time this summer, having gone 648 minutes of football without letting a goal in since April.And the USA, who have only lost once since 2017, looked slightly vulnerable in defence under pressure from an improving Spanish outfit.Nevertheless, the holders created the better chances and were once again strong going forward, with Rapinoe denied by a near-post save in the first half.The game’s decisive moment came as Lavelle poked the ball beyond Virginia Torrecilla in the area and went down.Hungarian referee Katalin Kulcsar initially awarded the spot-kick without hesitation, before taking a further look at the replay following guidance from her VAR colleagues. She opted to stick with her original call, much to the frustration of the Spain fans at a passion-fuelled Stade Auguste-Delaune.Brave Spain go home with pride and frustration
USA striker Alex Morgan (left) was well marshalled by the Spanish defenceOn a hot and humid evening in Reims, Ellis’ formidable USA squad were made to sweat by one of the world’s improving teams.Spain – labelled as 6-1 outsiders for this tie by some bookmakers, with the USA 1-10 on – had caused problems as early as the first minute, when Patri Guijarro’s shot was blocked by Becky Sauerbrunn.Playing in only their second World Cup and having reached the knockout stages for the first time, they were led from the back by resolute Paris St-Germain defender Irene Paredes, while Atletico Madrid star Hermoso played a key role in building their counter attacks.Having finished second in Group B behind Germany, the side ranked 13th in the world will leave France with their heads held high, but with a tinge of frustration at the decision to award the USA’s second penalty.The first spot-kick – which came when Mapi Leon brought down Tobin Heath – was comparably clear cut, but opinions were divided on the significance of the contact made with Lavelle for the crucial second.Boos rang around the stadium as Spain’s fans expressed their dismay at the outcome of the VAR review, but Rapinoe – who replaced Alex Morgan as the USA’s penalty-taker during the long pause for the review – was nerveless.’We were the equals of the world’s best team’ – what they saidUSA head coach Jill Ellis: “There’s not flawless soccer to be found in this world. That’s part of the game.”We knew we could be sharper in the final pass, but Spain are a very good team.”This was a really tricky game – probably the hardest in the last 16. It was good and it has energised our players.”Spain manager Jorge Vilda: “On the pitch, I really feel that we should all be very proud of what we did. I am very proud.”In terms of competitiveness we’ve been able to be the equals of the best team in the world. We’ve been able to give them a run for their money.”We are a national team that – at the end of the day hasn’t walked away with a prize – but we have shown our potential for growth.”‘There are so many things to question’Former United States keeper Hope Solo on BBC Radio 5 Live: “I don’t know where to begin. There are so many things to question. You don’t always get a perfect win, sometimes it’s ugly and sometimes it’s hard-fought, which I understand as a player. But at the same time when you have that much attacking prowess, to not get a goal in normal play is concerning. It was two penalties and one I didn’t even think was a penalty, and if it was, it was soft.”If you want to beat the USA you have to press the backline. That’s where they are truly vulnerable. It’s the decision making, it’s the quality of passing and I think there are nerves back there. I don’t think they are good enough to keep possession.”USA on the spot again – statsUSA have reached the quarter-final stage in every edition of the Women’s World Cup between 1991 and 2019; the second nation to achieve this feat alongside Germany (eight). Spain have won just one of their seven matches at the Women’s World Cup (W1 D3 L3), with this their first defeat and match in the knockout stage.Only Germany (13) have scored more penalties (excluding shootouts) than USA (11). This is the second Women’s World Cup match in which USA netted two penalties (also 26 June 2003 v Nigeria). Rapinoe is just the second player to score two penalties in a single Women’s World Cup match after Hermoso v South Africa (also at the 2019 edition).Hermoso scored her first open play goal at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, with what was her 13th such attempt Hermoso is Spain’s leading scorer in WWC history (three)Rapinoe has been directly involved in 12 goals in her 15 appearances at the Women’s World Cup (six goals, six assists).BBC Sport has launched #ChangeTheGame this summer to showcase female athletes in a way they never have been before. Through more live women’s sport available to watch across the BBC this summer, complemented by our journalism, we are aiming to turn up the volume on women’s sport and alter perceptions. Find out more here.
Premier League: Southampton v Spurs – first of four games
Post updateSouthampton v Tottenham (12:00 BST)BBC Radio 5 LiveWe’ll have build-up to all of today’s games on BBC Radio 5 Live, including updates from the first match at St Mary’s from 12:00 BST.BreakingTeam newsSouthampton v Tottenham (12:00 BST)Southampton make two changes for the visit of Tottenham as Moussa Djenepo and Stuart Armstrong come into the…
Post updateSouthampton v Tottenham (12:00 BST)BBC Radio 5 LiveWe’ll have build-up to all of today’s games on BBC Radio 5 Live, including updates from the first match at St Mary’s from 12:00 BST.BreakingTeam newsSouthampton v Tottenham (12:00 BST)Southampton make two changes for the visit of Tottenham as Moussa Djenepo and Stuart Armstrong come into the side with Will Smallbone and Nathan Redmond dropping out.Southampton XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek,
Bertrand, Djenepo, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Armstrong, Adams, Ings. Subs: Vestergaard, Long, Obafemi, Smallbone, Tella, Vokins,
Forster. Dele Alli has not been included in the Tottenham squad with the England international’s future at the club reportedly in doubt.Spurs boss Jose Mourinho makes three changes to the side that beat Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League in midweek.Tanguy Ndombele is rewarded for coming off the bench to score the winner in that game with a place in the first XI, while Harry Winks and Lucas Moura also startTottenham Hotspur XI: Lloris, Doherty, Dier, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Lucas Moura, Kane, Son. Subs: Alderweireld, Lamela, Hart, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Bergwijn, Aurier.
Calvert-Lewin hits hat-trick in Everton win
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the first player to score a Premier League hat-trick for Everton since Wayne Rooney in 2017Dominic Calvert-Lewin hit a first career hat-trick and James Rodriguez scored on his home debut as Everton continued their impressive start to the Premier League season with a dominant win against 10-man West Brom.The Baggies took an…
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the first player to score a Premier League hat-trick for Everton since Wayne Rooney in 2017Dominic Calvert-Lewin hit a first career hat-trick and James Rodriguez scored on his home debut as Everton continued their impressive start to the Premier League season with a dominant win against 10-man West Brom.The Baggies took an early lead through an excellent solo effort by Grady Diangana, who broke from inside his own half before hitting a dipping effort beyond Jordan Pickford for his first top-flight goal. Everton equalised midway through the first half when the video assistant referee overturned an offside decision after Calvert-Lewin cleverly backheeled into the net for his second goal in as many games.Rodriguez then marked his home debut with a clinical finish on the stroke of half-time, sweeping a low effort into the far corner from Richarlison’s pass.Reaction to Everton’s win against West BromLawro’s full predictions v singer and Manchester United fan RayeA crazy few minutes at the end of the first half saw Kieran Gibbs and manager Slaven Bilic sent off for the visitors – Gibbs dismissed for pushing Rodriguez, and Bilic for remonstrating with the officials as they made their way off the pitch at half-time.Despite that double setback West Brom pulled level straight after the restart when Matheu Pereira curled in a stunning free-kick, but parity was short-lived as Michael Keane stabbed in a loose ball after Sam Johnstone parried Richarlison’s header. Calvert-Lewin then got his second when he slid in from close range after good work by Rodriguez and Richarlison and completed his hat-trick by heading in Rodriguez’s corner.Everton have won their opening two league fixtures for the first time in eight years, while defeat for West Brom means they are still searching for their first points of the season.Early days, but Everton – and Rodriguez – look excitingRodriguez was involved in three of the five goalsAfter flirting with relegation and then limping towards a mid-table finish last season, Everton needed a big summer.Despite the short turnaround, Carlo Ancelotti’s work in the transfer market has been impressive and the additions of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure already appear to have significantly improved their midfield just two games into the season.But it is the signing of Colombian forward Rodriguez that looks set to be the pick of the deals, as well as perhaps the best bit of business completed this summer in the Premier League.Rodriguez caught the eye with his impressive footwork and vision in Everton’s opening win against Tottenham and built on that in this game as he was involved in three of the home side’s five goals.His strike to make it 2-1 was one of real quality as, despite having four West Brom players in close attention, he took a touch before sweeping into the far corner from outside the box. He then showed great vision for Everton’s fourth, lofting the ball into the box for Richarlison, who squared for Calvert-Lewin, and was on hand again to provide the assist for the English striker’s third. Ancelotti clearly is a manager who can get the best out of Rodriguez, who has now scored in four of Europe’s top five leagues, with his first goals in La Liga, the Bundesliga and now the Premier League all coming under the Italian.And the former Chelsea boss appears to be having the same influence on Calvert-Lewin. The striker had not scored more than six goals in a season in his first three Premier League campaigns but got 13 last term – eight of those under Ancelotti – and already has four this season.Baggies need to shore up defence When West Ham sold Diangana to West Brom this summer, it prompted an unexpected and angry message on social media from Hammers’ captain Mark Noble, who said he was “gutted, angry and sad” that the club had decided to sell the youngster.His goal against Everton showed just why Noble rated Diangana so highly and justified West Brom’s decision to spend £18m of their budget on the England youth international.Diangana’s raw talent coupled with the creativity of Pereira – who with 17 assists is second only to Kevin de Bruyne as top creator of goals in English football since the start of last season – means the Baggies have attacking flair that could serve them well this season.But they have now conceded eight goals in just two games and there will need to be significant improvement in their defensive displays if they are to avoid an immediate return to the Championship. Man of the match – Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)Man of the match could just as easily have gone to James Rodriguez but scoring a hat-trick in the Premier League is no easy feat and Calvert-Lewin showed a great striker’s instinct to be in the right place at the right time for all three of his goalsA first for Richarlison – the statsEverton have registered back-to-back victories at the start of a Premier League campaign for the first time since 2012-13.West Brom have conceded five goals in a Premier League game for the first time since a 5-5 draw on the final day of the 2012-13 season against Manchester United.Seamus Coleman became only the sixth player to hit the 250-start milestone for Everton in the Premier League (also Tim Howard, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman and David Unsworth).Since his Everton debut in December 2016, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored 36 goals in all competitions, seven more than any other player for the Toffees.Calvert-Lewin is the first Everton player to score a top-flight hat-trick since Wayne Rooney vs West Ham in November 2017, and the youngest Englishman to do so for the Toffees (23 years and 187 days) since Tony Cottee (23 years and 47 days) vs Newcastle in August 1988.34% of Everton playmaker James Rodríguez’s 53 goals in Europe’s top five leagues have been scored from outside the box (18 of 53), including three of his past six.Kieran Gibbs is the first West Brom player to be sent off in the Premier League since Hal Robson-Kanu against Burnley in August 2017.Everton attacker Richarlison registered two assists in a Premier League game for the first time ever (111 appearances in total).What next?Everton will look to make it four wins from four in all competitions when they travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, 26 September (15:00 BST), while West Brom host Chelsea on the same day (17:30 BST).Player of the matchCalvert-LewinDominic Calvert-Lewinwith an average of 8.69EvertonSquad number9Player nameCalvert-LewinSquad number19Player nameRodríguezSquad number7Player nameRicharlisonSquad number6Player nameAllanSquad number12Player nameDigneSquad number5Player nameKeaneSquad number16Player nameDoucouréSquad number23Player nameColemanSquad number21Player nameAndré GomesSquad number10Player nameG SigurdssonSquad number13Player nameMinaSquad number17Player nameIwobiSquad number27Player nameKeanSquad number1Player namePickfordWest Bromwich AlbionSquad number11Player nameDianganaSquad number12Player nameMatheus PereiraSquad number7Player nameRobinsonSquad number8Player nameLivermoreSquad number10Player namePhillipsSquad number28Player nameFieldSquad number19Player nameSawyersSquad number21Player nameEdwardsSquad number6Player nameSemi AjayiSquad number27Player nameO’SheaSquad number5Player nameBartleySquad number2Player nameFurlongSquad number1Player nameJohnstoneSquad number3Player nameGibbsLine-upsEverton1Pickford23Coleman13Mina5Keane12Digne16DoucouréBooked at 16minsSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 65’minutes6Allan21André Gomes19RodríguezSubstituted forKeanat 78’minutes9Calvert-LewinSubstituted forIwobiat 71’minutes7RicharlisonSubstitutes2Kenny10G Sigurdsson17Iwobi20Bernard26Davies27Kean31Neves VirgíniaWest Brom1Johnstone2Furlong6Ajayi5Bartley27O’Shea3GibbsBooked at 45mins12Costa PereiraSubstituted forPhillipsat 71’minutes8Livermore19SawyersSubstituted forFieldat 75’minutes11DianganaSubstituted forEdwardsat 71’minutes7RobinsonSubstitutes4Robson-Kanu10Phillips16Harper21Edwards24Kipré25Button28FieldLive TextMatch ends, Everton 5, West Bromwich Albion 2.90’+5’Second Half ends, Everton 5, West Bromwich Albion 2.90’+2’Foul by Moise Kean (Everton).90’+2’Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.89’Attempt missed. Richarlison (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross.88’Corner, Everton. Conceded by Dara O’Shea.85’Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Field tries a through ball, but Callum Robinson is caught offside.84’Attempt missed. Moise Kean (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.83’Michael Keane (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.83’Foul by Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion).78’Substitution, Everton. Moise Kean replaces James Rodríguez.77’Foul by Alex Iwobi (Everton).77’Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.76’Offside, Everton. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a through ball, but Richarlison is caught offside.75’Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Field replaces Romaine Sawyers.71’Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards replaces Grady Diangana.71’Substitution, Everton. Alex Iwobi replaces Dominic Calvert-Lewin.71’Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matt Phillips replaces Matheus Pereira.66’Goal! Everton 5, West Bromwich Albion 2. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by James Rodríguez with a cross following a corner.66’Corner, Everton. Conceded by Romaine Sawyers.
Saturday’s gossip column
Manchester United have agreed terms with Porto full-back Alex Telles and the 27-year-old Brazil international could now sign a five-year deal. (RMC Sport – via Mirror)external-linkSections of the Real Madrid dressing room are said to be relieved that Wales forward Gareth Bale has made a loan move to Tottenham. (AS – in Spanish)external-linkRennes want Chelsea…
Manchester United have agreed terms with Porto full-back Alex Telles and the 27-year-old Brazil international could now sign a five-year deal. (RMC Sport – via Mirror)external-linkSections of the Real Madrid dressing room are said to be relieved that Wales forward Gareth Bale has made a loan move to Tottenham. (AS – in Spanish)external-linkRennes want Chelsea to include two players in any deal for Senegal international goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 28. England defender Fikayo Tomori, 22, is one of those the French club want. (Football Insider)external-linkLiverpool have asked about a possible loan deal for France and Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, 23. (Sport)external-linkSheffield United manager Chris Wilder says the club have held talks with Liverpool over a loan move for English striker Rhian Brewster, 20. (Yorkshire Live)external-linkBut Crystal Palace also want to sign Brewster from the champions on a permanent deal. (90Min)external-linkManchester City are considering a deal for Sevilla’s French centre-back Jules Kounde, 21. The move could see Argentina international Nicolas Otamendi, 32, move in the opposite direction. (Telegraph)external-linkCrystal Palace’s potential sale of 24-year-old Norway international striker Alexander Sorloth to RB Leipzig will fund a move for Brentford’s Algeria international forward Said Benrahma, 25. (Guardian)external-linkAny move away from Southampton for striker Danny Ings, 28, is “100% not discussable” according to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. (Daily Echo)external-linkLeeds are still keen on signing Argentina international midfielder Rodrigo de Paul, 26, from Udinese. (Fabrizio Romano)external-linkAmerican defender DeAndre Yedlin, 27, looks set to leave Newcastle for Besiktas. (NBC)external-linkArsenal, Leeds and Wolves are all keen on 18-year-old Reading midfielder Michael Olise. (Football League World)external-linkAston Villa remain poised to sign 25-year-old Burkina Faso winger Bertrand Traore from Lyon. (Sky Sports)external-linkGossip: Could Odsonne Edouard join Jack Grealish at Aston Villa?Newcastle are close to signing Peru playmaker Rodrigo Vilca, 21, from Deportivo Municipal. (Mail)external-linkBurnley manager Sean Dyche has described the club’s way of working in the transfer market as “last minute” and “tricky”. (Mail)external-linkFormer Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says it’s “a dream” of his to coach Real Madrid. (Cadena Cope Radio – via ESPN)external-linkLeicester manager Brendan Rodgers says winger Demarai Gray has a decision to make over his future and that the 24-year-old will ultimately decide when he leaves the club. (Leicester Mercury)external-linkLyon could offer 26-year-old Dutch forward Memphis Depay to AC Milan in a swap deal which would see the French club sign 23-year-old Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta. (Di Marzio – in Italian)external-link The Guardian and most other papers lead on Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham Extinction: The Facts: Sir David Attenborough on biodiversity crisisBattlestar Galactica: Binge all episodes of sci-fi classic