Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola in Nigeria: First death outside of Lagos

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Niger : Top Oppostion figure to be questioned in baby trafficking scandal

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Liberia: President dismisses top officials who ignored call back

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The deleted tweets of Manuel Valls

Read more

DEBATE

How to Stop Ebola: WHO Says Cases Could Exceed 20,000 (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

How to Stop Ebola: WHO Says Cases Could Exceed 20,000

Read more

WEB NEWS

'Ice Bucket Challenge' angers anti-abortion activists

Read more

#TECH 24

Tomorrow's Transport Today

Read more

FOCUS

Mothers and children leaving Honduras at all costs

Read more

  • French businesses ‘hoping for a new Thatcher’

    Read more

  • UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • Peru seizes record 6.5 tonnes of Europe-bound cocaine

    Read more

  • Russian troops have entered Ukraine, says Kiev

    Read more

  • PSG face Barcelona, Ajax in tough Champions League draw

    Read more

  • In pictures: Billions of locusts invade Madagascan capital

    Read more

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say ‘I do’ in France

    Read more

  • Erdogan sworn in as Turkey's president

    Read more

  • Assad cannot be partner in fight against terrorism, says Hollande

    Read more

  • New Ebola case in Nigeria brings death toll to 1,552

    Read more

  • Video: 'Neither Baghdad nor the US can defeat the Islamic State'

    Read more

  • Platini will not run against Blatter for FIFA presidency

    Read more

  • Air France pilots announce week-long strike in September

    Read more

  • New French economy minister takes swipe at 35-hour work week

    Read more

  • Uzi shooting by 9-year-old rekindles gun debate

    Read more

  • Mother of American journalist asks IS leader for his release

    Read more

  • UN probe accuses Syrian regime, Islamists of ‘crimes against humanity’

    Read more

  • Uruguayans sign up to grow marijuana at home

    Read more

  • Missouri governor appoints black public safety director

    Read more

Sport

US women's football team advance to Olympic semis

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-08-03

The US women’s football team eased their way into the semi-final round of the 2012 Olympics in London on Friday after eliminating New Zealand 2-0. The US, which is ranked world number one, is competing for its third successive gold.

AFP - Veteran USA striker Abby Wambach insisted her side were "bound for glory" after a 2-0 win over New Zealand kept the defending champions on course for a third straight Olympic football title.

Wambach fired the United States into an early lead at St James' Park, the home of English Premier League club Newcastle, on Friday as the holders booked their place in the last four.

But it was not until three minutes from time, when Sydney Leroux added a second goal, that victory was secured.

The Americans will now face either hosts Great Britain or Canada, who play later Friday, in the semi-finals.

"This team is bound for glory," said Wambach. "It might not look pretty in every second of the game, but we get it done."

Wambach paid tribute to New Zealand by saying: "They are very physical. They're one of the most improved teams in this tournament in the last few years. You have to give them credit.

"The workrate they have is amazing, but they couldn't save it in the second half as they got a bit tired.

"They have a fantastic future and they're a great team."

Meanwhile France marked their first appearance at an Olympic women's football tournament by reaching the last four following a 2-1 win over Sweden at Glasgow's Hampden Park.

Sweden took the lead in the 18th minute when Nilla Fischer deflected in a Marie Hammarstrom corner off her shoulder but France equalised 11 minutes later through Laura Georges's header from a corner.

France then went ahead shortly before half-time courtesy of Wendie Renard's powerful shot.

But that they won in normal time was down to goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi, who made a superb one-handed save to stop a Fischer volley that seemed destined for the top corner.

Victory gave France a measure of revenge for their defeat by Sweden in the third place playoff at last year's World Cup.

"Sarah made a great save at just the right moment that allowed us to continue into the semi-finals," said France coach Bruno Bini.

"A goalkeeper can lose you a match, but there are a very few that can win you a match."

France will now play either Brazil or world champions Japan in the first semi-final at London's Wembley Stadium on Monday.
 

Date created : 2012-08-03

COMMENT(S)