So all good things must come to an end. The Women’s World Cup in Germany has been a great tournament, with lots of fans flocking to the stadiums but more importantly there has been cracking games of football. The Quarter Finals alone were full of drama, with England crashing with deadening predictability out of the tournament on penalties to France, Sweden fighting off the spirited resistance of Australia, and then the shock defeat of the host nation and favourite against the tiki-taka of Japan.
And then came the most dramatic of them all, as Brazil led the United States by 2-1 going into injury time, after 120 minutes of goals, faked injuries, a red card, a penalty saved and then re-taken and a barnstorming goal from Marta. The Americans looked to be leaving the tournament at the Quarter Final stage and then, in the second minute of injury time of extra time, Rapinoe floated in a cross for Wambach who crashed it into the net. Dresden and the American team went nuts, and it was clear that in the penalty kicks there could only be one winner.
The Semi Finals were a little less dramatic, but the USA came through a tough game with France to reach the final, and Japan put on arguably the best performance of any team in the tournament so far to knock out Sweden and reach the final of a major tournament for the first time. So Sweden and France have to lick their wounds and lift themselves up for the third place match on Saturday, whilst the USA and Japan duke it out for the big prize on Sunday.
And of course, you can watch both games at The Circus:
Women’s World Cup Third Place Match
Saturday 16th July @ 17.30
Live in the Circus Cafe
SWEDEN versus FRANCE
Women’s World Cup Final
Sunday 17th July @ 20.45
Live in Goldman’s Bar
USA versus JAPAN