Canada v. Denmark: (1-0) (Christine Sinclair 90’)
CAN: Stephanie Labbe, Allysha Chapman, Kadeisha Buchanan, Shelina Zardorsky, Deanne Rose, Ashley Lawrence, Desiree Scott, Christine Sinclair ©, Sophie Schmidt, Janine Beckie, Jessie Fleming
DEN: Stina Lykke Petersen, Simone Boye Sorensen, Janni Arnth, Nanna Christiansen, Line Roddik Hansen, Theresa Nielsen, Nicoline Soresen, Pernille Harder ©, Katrine Veje, Thogersen, Sanne Troelsgaard Nielsen
While there were several chances for both sides in the first 45 (or 43 ½ if you go by the game clock), halftime arrived when a 0-0 deadlock. It seemed as though going into the second half, the question of “Who will score first; Sinclair or Harder?” could be asked. The answer came in the 90th minute when Christine Sinclair scored the game’s only goal. (For those keeping track, she is now 18 goals from holding the record.)
Australia v. Sweden: 0-1 (Lotta Schelin 60’)
Lydia Williams started in Australia's loss against Sweden, with captain Lotta Schelin scoring the only goal of the game.
Czech Republic v. Ireland: (0-2)
Denise O’Sullivan started in Ireland’s 2-0 win over Czech Republic, with former Dash player Stephanie Roche scoring the game winning goal.
She Believes Cup:
England v. France (1-2) (Jordan Nobbs 32’, Marie-Laure Delie 80’, Wendie Renard 90’+)
ENG: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Steph Houghton (c), Millie Bright, Jade Moore, Jordan Nobbs, Jill Scott, Rachel Daly, Jodie Taylor, Ellen White
FRA: Sarah Bouhaddi, Eve Perisset, Laura Georges, Amandine Henry ©, Jessica Houara D’Hommeaux, Claire Lavogez, Kaddiatou Diani, Gaetane Thiney, Marie-Laure Delie, Griedge Mbock Bathy, Grace Geyoro
Going into the game, England had not scored on France in five games. They hadn’t beaten France since 1974. In a physical match, they scored broke one of those streaks before falling to France once again.
England struck first, with Jordan Nobbs firing a shot past Bouhaddi in the 32nd minute. Two yellow cards (one to Gaetane Thiney for a late foul on Rachel Daly, and one to Millie Bright) later, the Lionesses led 1-0 at halftime. In a second half that saw goalkeeper Karen Bardsley called into action multiple times, Marie-Laure Delie leveled the score in the 80th minute. A yellow card was also given to Bardsley for time-wasting before Wendie Renard scored the game-winning goal.
Germany v. USA (0:1) (Lynn Williams 56’)
GER: Almuth Schult, Isabel Kerschowski, Babett Peter, Josephine Henning, Anna Blasse, Sara Dabritz, Dzsenifer Marozsan ©, Leonie Maier, Anja Mittag, Alexandra Popp, Lena Petermann
USA: Alyssa Naeher, Becky Sauerbrunn, Allie Long, Casey Short, Morgan Brian, Samantha Mewis, Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd ©, Crystal Dunn, Lynn Williams, Christen Press
In probably the most anticipated game of the SheBelieves Cup, the Germany v. USA turned out (unsurprisingly) to not be a walk-in-the-park 5-0 blowout fans have become accustom to. After near-goals for both teams throughout the first half (as well as numerous reminders that Jill Ellis has exactly zero idea who the starting goalkeeper-and possibly a decent lineup- will be going forward, and that Steffi Jones has replaced Silvia Neid as Germany’s coach), the score held at 0-0 going into halftime.
With chaos in front of the Germany goal, Lynn Williams broke the deadlock in the 56th minute giving the US a 1-0 lead. The 79th minute saw Alex Morgan and Lindsay Horan replacing Williams and Christen Press. Despite both Schult and Naeher being called into action throughout the game, Williams goal would propel the US over the Olympic Champions.