FIFA Women’s World Cup Day 27:

JACKIE GROENEN’S extra time strike was enough to take the Netherlands to their first World Cup Final. With chances at a premium, it was goalkeepers Sari van Veenendaal and Hedvig Lindahl that shone, making several world-class stops between them. But Lindahl could do nothing about Groenen’s low 20-yard drive that puts Sarina Wiegman’s European Champions on a collision course with the USA in Lyon this coming Sunday...

FIFA Women’s World Cup Day 23:

THE NETHERLANDS progressed to their first World Cup semi final beating Italy in the searing heat of Valenciennes with two straightforward set-pieces. Vivianne Miedema put Oranje Leeuwinnen into the lead on 70 minutes, heading in Sherida Spitse's free-kick from the left. Stefanie van der Gragt doubled their tally rising to nod home another Spitse dead ball delivery this time from the right...

FIFA Women’s World Cup Day 22:

A MEGAN RAPINOE brace, for the second consecutive match, set the USA on a collision course with England in the World Cup Semi-Finals. The winger scored early from a free-kick and then converted from Tobin Heath’s cross on 65 minutes just as the French were building a head of steam. Wendie Renard’s header 9 minutes before the end made it interesting but France, who were disappointing in the first half, couldn’t create the opening to force extra time...

FIFA Women’s World Cup Day 21:

ENGLAND progressed to the semi-finals of a third consecutive major tournament, with clinical finishing underscoring an unexpectedly comfortable 3-0 win over Norway. The Lionesses were on the board within 3 minutes when Jill Scott turned in Lucy Bronze’s cross from the by-line. Ellen White extended the lead five minutes before the break, tapping in Nikita Parris’s centre after another swift break down the right. Bronze completed the scoring on 57 minutes, drilling into the roof of the net from the edge of the box with Norway failing to pick her up at a set-piece...

FIFA Women’s World Cup Day 19:

ITALY equalled their best performance at a Women’s World Cup beating China 2-0 at Stade de le Mosson to progress to the Quarter Finals. China were punished for sloppiness in possession at the beginning of each half, allowing Valentina Giacinti to put the Italians ahead in the 14th minute and then failing to close down Aurora Galli who thumped in from 25 yards at the start of second period...

FIFA Women’s World Cup Day 18:

THE USA’s credentials as tournament favourites were given a thorough examination, with Spain running them closer than expected in Reims. It was a hard-fought win that hinged on determination and organisation rather than dazzling interplay, with Jorge Vilda's side opting to go toe-to-toe with Team USA rather than defend it out. The victory was not without a sizeable dollop of luck either...