England have just qualified for another world cup. This time it was the England Women’s team that defeated the Swiss Women’s team in a play-off match to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Germany. I’m talking about football by the way! 😀
The first game was played in Shrewsbury on the 12 September, and England won it 2-0. Tonight’s match was played in Wohlen, Switzerland, and England came away with a 3-2 victory. It was a good game, and England were leading 2-0 and 3-1 at different points of the match, so I didn’t doubt that we’d get through.
The main talking point was the outrageous dive by one of the Swiss strikers inside the England goal. Romana Bachmann had just scored for Switzerland to take the scores back to 2-1. She tried to retrieve the ball from the back of the net and England’s goalkeeper, Rachel Brown tried to get the ball too. Bachmann then went down like she’d been shot, but you could see from the replays that there was barely any contact.
Unfortunately, her ‘gamesmanship’ worked, and Brown was wrongly shown the red card. I hope the FA can successful appeal against it because it was a clear case of deceiving the referee. I’m now hoping that Nigeria can qualify from the African group so I can have two teams to support next summer. 🙂
- Powell criticises Swiss ‘diving’ (news.bbc.co.uk)
- England 2-0 Switzerland | Women’s World Cup qualifying match report (guardian.co.uk)
- England women qualify for World Cup despite sending off (tribalfootball.com)