Sophia Smith scored in the fifth and eighth minutes to give her eight goals in 18 international matches. A pair of early goals by Sophia Smith lifted the U.S. women’s national team to a 5-0 victory over Jamaica in the CONCACAF W Championship in Guadalupe, Mexico, on Thursday. The victory, coupled with Mexico’s 3-0 loss to Haiti later Thursday night, seals a berth in the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand for the two-time defending champion U.S. women.
UKRAINE SUFFER W/CUP HEARTBREAK IN WALES
Ukraine suffered World Cup heartbreak in Wales after they were beaten in the European playoffs at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday evening. The Ukrainians have gone through a lot of troubles in recent months with the invasion of their cities from Russia and the World Cup 2022 playoffs was a welcomed distraction. However, they won’t be going to the tournament in Qatar after they lost out to Wales.
The Ukrainians finished second behind world champions in their qualifying group for the World Cup 2022 tournament from the European section thus making the playoffs. They were in the same playoff path as Wales, Scotland and Austria after the draw was held. Ukraine ended up in path A of the European playoffs with the aforementioned countries on the back of the draw. Continue reading UKRAINE SUFFER W/CUP HEARTBREAK IN WALES
TUNISIA HANDED TOUGH WORLD CUP GROUP
North African team Tunisia might have to do things the hard way if they are to make the round of 16 stage at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar after they were drawn in a tough group. The Tunisians have been handed a group that includes world champions France. France emerged world champions for the second time in their history when they edged a six-goal thriller against Croatia in the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia. Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) superstar KylianMbappe all found the back of the net as France beat Croatia 4-2 to win their second World Cup title.
Tunisia and France are in Group D alongside Denmark and the winner of the inter-confederation playoffs involving Australia, Peru and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Continue reading TUNISIA HANDED TOUGH WORLD CUP GROUP
QATAR: WALES TO POTENTIALLY FACE ENGLAND
Welsh fans will have to wait for some weeks to know whether they will face England at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar just like they did at Euro 2016. Wales still have work to do if they are to take on England at the World Cup tournament later this year.
At Euro 2016, England came from behind to beat Wales 2-1 with goals from Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge in the second half. Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has scored for the Welsh team three minutes before the half-time interval only for the Roy Hodgson-led England side to overturn the deficit in the second half to secure three points at the end of the Group B encounter. Despite the defeat, Wales finished ahead of England in the group and went all the way to the semifinals before they were eliminated by eventual champions Portugal. For England, their Euro 2016 journey ended with a disappointing exit at the last 16 stage. Continue reading QATAR: WALES TO POTENTIALLY FACE ENGLAND
EGUAVOEN FIRES GHANA WARNING AHEAD OF QUALIFIERS
Ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers fixture slayed between Nigeria and Ghana in a couple of weeks, the head coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria has fired a stern warning to the Black Stars of Ghana that they will be playing to win the two games. Nigeria head coach Augustine Eguavoen has made it known that they will be looking to beat Ghana both home and away next month.
The two West African giants will meet in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, with Ghana scheduled to host Nigeria in the first-leg clash on March 25. The second-leg encounter is set to be played in Nigeria on March 29 and the winner on aggregate will book their spot in the finals which will be hosted by Qatar later this year. Eguavoen stated that he is a full-blooded Nigerian and says that when asked the question, he would, without having a second thought, immediately insist that his side deserve to participate at this year’s World Cup. Continue reading EGUAVOEN FIRES GHANA WARNING AHEAD OF QUALIFIERS