Tag : Semi Final

Resilient England reach semi-cup finals

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  ENGLAND continued to make history last night as they stormed into their first ever World Cup semi-final with a 2-1 victory over tournament hosts Canada. They will now face reigning champions Japan, who edged past Australia with a 1-0 win thanks to a late goal from Mana Iwabuchi. The Lionesses … Read More

Sport | Stage set for historic World Cup final but humiliated hosts miss out

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Germany and Argentina will meet each other in a World Cup final for the third time as both sides came through their semi-final ties; albeit in contrasting fashion. While Holland took the Argentinians all the way to penalties after a goalless 120 minutes, Germany simply blew Brazil away and truly … Read More

Sport | World Cup down to four

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Saturday saw the latter two quarter-finals played, with Argentina facing Belgium and the Netherlands up against Costa Rica.  The Argentinians were aiming to reach their first semi-final since 1990 and they got off to a blistering start. Lionel Messi weaved away from two challenges and laid the ball off to … Read More

Sport | Rugby League – New Zealand break English hearts

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Victory was snatched from England last week with a last minute try from New Zealander Shaun Johnson. Both teams had great performances throughout the world cup and with a place in the final at stake each needed to bring their best. There is always a stigma to play the Kiwis at rugby league, they have expert play with the ball in hand and are a real power in attack. However England were the first to draw blood, fuelled by the passionate crowd that surrounded them they were fierce in their play. Prop James Graham made a spectacular run down the pitch to stop a New Zealand try and then turn the ball around, providing O’Loughlin with his own try giving England a foothold in the match. The indisputable highlight of the game came 30 minutes in as England were leading 8­0. A high kiwi pass looks to be heading out only for a jump and slap to bring it back into play. From here New Zealand looked dangerous and continued to make their way towards the line. Another huge pass sailed over all the players and bounced out to touch. Suddenly Krisnan Inu runs for the ball and dives over the line whilst simultaneously passing the ball back in for a waiting player. The pass was so close to being over the line that the decision had to go to the TMO but it was fairly deemed in. The incredible pass lead to a New Zealand try which made the two teams level, which they would remain for the rest of the half. The Kiwis came back into the match strong, they were the first to score and it looked like England’s world cup dreams might end early. However they came back with a strong performance of their own. Two quick tries from Watkins and Burgess, but only one conversion, them a steady lead but you are never safe against New Zealand. Late into the second half, when hope was at its highest George Burgess is done for a high tackle of Sonny Bill Williams. This lead to Sinfield’s opposite man Shaun Johnson getting the ball deep in the England half and breaking through the defensive line in the last play of the game leaving the score 20­18 and knocking England out of the World Cup. In one weekend the Kiwis showed their awesome power at comebacks in both Rugby League and Union, never before has a force acted to unite England and Ireland than a joint hatred of New Zealand. Nick Gandy Image courtesy of The Independent