Leagues Cup Round of 16 set, Spain & Japan into World Cup quarterfinals: The Starting Lineup, Aug 5
We had magic tricks being performed in the shootout, and Nahuel Guzman's save (after pulling a ribbon from his nose) was enough to send Tigres into the Leagues Cup Round of 16. They will face their cross-town rivals Monterrey, who eliminated Portland 1-0. Toluca and RSL both won big, Club America squeaked by Chicago, and both Nashville and Minnesota needed penalties to advance. More on Friday's Leagues Cup matches here as the tournament prepares for the Round of 16 starting on Sunday.
Japan took care of Norway 3-1 in their World Cup Round of 16 match early this morning. It was the first goal Japan has conceded in the tournament, but they are leading the tournament in goals scored with 14. Spain was one of the Japanese victims, they bounced back from that loss in the group stage finale and an own goal to rout Switzerland 5-1 in this morning's other match. The Netherlands will face South Africa at 10pm tonight, followed by the USWNT playing Sweden at 5am on Sunday morning.
Preparing for the USWNT match, manager Vlatko Andonovski said, "It's the knockout stage and there's no room for mistakes, so we have to be ready to be our best in this game." (ESPN)
"I don't care about favourites and things like that," Sweden's manager Peter Gerhardsson said. "We have the possibility to win the game, and that's the most important thing... We know what we're up against. (Reuters)
One of the top referees in the world will be in charge of the USA vs Sweden match. (AS)
Karen Bardsley explains why this Women's World Cup is the most wide open of all-time. (BBC)
FC Dallas manager Nico Estévez: “We will try to be the bad guys in Messi’s Major League Soccer story." (Sportskeeda)
Manchester City signed Croatian center back Joško Gvardiol from RB Leipzig for $99.2 million, making him one of the most expensive defenders in history. (AP)