After the Lady Mayoress’s Show…

TWO WEEKS is a long time in professional sport, or so it seems. Megan Rapinoe et al held aloft the Women’s World Cup trophy in France on July 7th, set it down on a first-class plane seat (probably) and began their cross-nation ‘celebrate-a-thon’, complete with multiple media commitments to address pay equality, gay rights and Mesut Ozil’s hair style. Meanwhile, the world kept spinning, and a whole host of British sporting successes lined up to push Women’s football back towards the shadows...

FIFA Women’s World Cup Day 31:

THE USA successfully defended their world crown, beating the Netherlands in Lyon to secure their fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup title. Golden Ball and Golden Boot Winner, Megan Rapinoe, gave Team USA the lead from the penalty spot after VAR correctly adjudged that Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan. Bronze Boot winner Rose Lavelle put the result beyond doubt with a left-footed strike from the edge of the box...

FIFA Women’s World Cup Day 30:

SWEDEN took the bronze medal match in Nice, despatching England with a ruthless opening half hour in which they struck twice; then doggedly defending out the remainder of the game. Kosovare Asllani got the scoring under way on 11 minutes driving past Carly Telford following a poor defensive clearance. Sofia Jakobsson then added a second, cutting in from the left and curling past the England keeper. Fran Kirby halved the deficit on 31 minutes, and Ellen White had a goal ruled out by VAR for handball shortly after...

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...