Women’s World Cup: Five things you may have missed round two

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After stage two of the competition came to a close, Alasdair Hooper highlights some key moments that may have passed you by.

Carli Lloyd’s record-breaking antics

If you’ve been watching the USA at this tournament then it’s all been about the goals. Despite putting three more past Chile in their second game – after that 13-0 record-breaking win against Thailand – all the talk was of the heroics from Christiane Endler in net.

However, there was another standout moment on the pitch that may have gone under the radar. In the esteemed career of Carli Lloyd, her two goals in the game meant she broke not one, but two, records.

She became the oldest player to score twice in a Women’s World Cup and she also became the first player to score in six consecutive Women’s World Cup games. That’s even more to be proud of in Lloyd’s phenomenal career.

Goal machine Vivianne Miedema gets in on the act

Arsenal and Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema has been breaking records for fun this season. She’s already broken the single-season WSL scoring record with 22 goals but her double against Cameroon made her the Netherlands’ all-time leading scorer.

She now has 60 international goals to her name, overtaking former striker Manon Melis, and Miedema is still just 22 years old. With the Dutch looking high on confidence, and their fans backing them incredibly, there’s every chance she will add to her phenomenal numbers.

Kerr: “Suck on that one”

Australia’s situation looked bleak at half-in their game against Brazil. After losing their opening game to Italy, they found themselves 2-0 down at the break and Matildas fans were worried.

But a resurgence in the second half saw Australia roar back to win 3-2 and superstar striker Sam Kerr had a few choice words for the “haters” in her post-match interview as she told them to “suck on that one”.

The reaction to her choice of language has obviously been mixed but it all adds an extra layer of complexity to the Matildas story after the sudden removal of their former manager Alen Stajcic in January.

Who the “haters” are is still one for debate but unified defiance within a team can be a powerful weapon – it might just be what Australia need.

Marta the icon

Brazil legend Marta is always one of the first names to roll off the tongue when considering some of the best players past and present in the women’s game. But, while her involvement at this Women’s World Cup has currently been limited to the first 45 minutes against Australia, she again extended her legendary status.

The story of that match may have been Australia’s turnaround, but Marta’s first-half penalty extended her record as the Women’s World Cup top scorer.

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That strike means she has now scored one more World Cup goal than Ronaldo and four more than Pele. She is now also level for the outright – male or female – record with Germany’s Miroslav Klose on 16 goals even though she has played six fewer games.

She averages one Women’s World Cup goal very 100 minutes and one more goal would see her become the outright record holder.

Italy back with a bang

Italy were not supposed to have this much of an impact at this Women’s World Cup but they’ve surprised many. Their 5-0 beating of Jamaica means they have qualified for the last 16 for the first time since 1991.

The Italians are defensively solid and look to have some talent up front with the likes of Cristiana Girelli and Barbara Bonansea in tremendous form. The aim for this close-knit group may have been to qualify for the next round, perhaps they could go even further…

Follow Alasdair on Twitter at @adjhooper1992

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