Hedvig Lindahls sweet save sends Canada home and Sweden into quarters

Stina Blackstenius fired Sweden into the quarter-finals of the Womens World Cup but they needed a penalty save from Hedvig Lindahl to beat Canada 1-0 in Paris Stina Blackstenius fired Sweden into the quarter-finals of the Womens World Cup but they needed a penalty save from Hedvig Lindahl to beat Canada 1-0 in Paris. A slow-burner finally came to life in the second half, with Kosovare Asllani at the heart of it. Asllani raced downfield and played an inch-perfect pass for Blackstenius to score with the games first shot on target just shy of the hour mark. But it was also Asllani who was penalised for handball eight minutes later, before Lindahl denied Janine Beckie from the spot. The crowd …

I was punished for calling Sweden cowards, but now rawness is accepted | Hope Solo

I did not express myself well after USAs loss to Sweden at the Rio 2016. But US Soccer made sure it exploited my comments for its own ends This World Cup is about championing emotion especially in a lot of the marketing and ads surrounding the tournament. Nikes Dream Further campaign captures the emotion and drama of playing in a World Cup very well, with Joan Jetts Bad Reputation providing a badass soundtrack. Its great that kind of attitude is celebrated right now in the fantasy world of advertising and TV. In real life, its a little different. I have always been passionate about my sport and passionate about playing for my country. I wore my heart on my sleeve …