Swedes can win it, says coach Gerhardsson

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09 Dec 2018, 01:32 IST
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PARIS (AP) — The Newest on the draw for the Girls’s World Cup (all instances native):

8:50 p.m.

Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson is assured he can ship a primary World Cup title.

Current outcomes depart him feeling assured Sweden can do one higher than when it misplaced the 2003 last to Germany — and even topple the defending champion United States.

“Simply this yr we have met three groups with a greater rating than us: We beat England and Canada and drew in opposition to France,” he stated. “That offers us the self-confidence we are able to deal with the very best group on the earth. That is additionally considering we are able to go all the way in which. We are able to do it, we’ve got the likelihood.”

Gerhardsson’s aspect will get a powerful early check in opposition to the U.S. on June 20 at Stade Oceania in Le Havre.

“What I feel is fairly good is that we meet them within the third recreation, so we’ve got two video games earlier than we meet them,” he stated. “That is the primary time for me (in opposition to the U.S.) however I do know concerning the historical past, powerful video games throughout a few years.”

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8:30 p.m.

France coach Corinne Diacre is urging her gamers to not let the strain of enjoying at dwelling get to them.

The French have been drawn in Group A with South Korea, Norway and Nigeria. They open at Parc des Princes in opposition to South Korea on June 7.

“It must be a bonus and never a strain to have the general public behind us,” stated Diacre, who turned the primary lady to educate knowledgeable males’s group in France when she took cost of second-division Clermont in 2014.

Diacre tried to minimize expectations and hold her gamers grounded.

“I do not know if it is a good draw, we’ll see after the group stage,” she stated. “If we end high of the group we all know we are able to nonetheless come up in opposition to the US within the quarterfinals. However that is the way in which it goes.”

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7:30 p.m.

The draw is full. Listed here are the ultimate teams that can play subsequent yr on the Girls’s World Cup in France:

Group A is France, South Korea, Norway and Nigeria.

Group B is Germany, China, Spain and South Africa.

Group C is Australia, Italy, Brazil and Jamaica.

Group D is England, Scotland, Argentina and Japan.

Group E is Canada, Cameroon, Netherlands and New Zealand.

Group F: United States, Thailand, Chile and Sweden.

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6:50 p.m.

The USA has landed in Group F within the Girls’s World Cup draw on Saturday.

The defending World Cup champions might be joined within the group by Sweden. It’s the fifth straight time the 2 opponents have been in the identical group and the sixth time total.

It will likely be a rematch of the Olympic quarterfinal in Brazil, the place Sweden superior on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Afterward U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo known as the Swedes “cowards” for specializing in protection. Solo was later suspended and U.S. Soccer terminated her contract.

Sweden is ranked No. 9 on the earth within the newest FIFA rankings. The U.S. is ranked No. 1.

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6:30 p.m.

Former England defender Alex Scott is speaking up her nation’s World Cup prospects below coach Phil Neville. Neville is the previous Manchester United and England defender who performed in three European Championships.

England was the shock third-place finisher within the Girls’s World Cup in Canada in 2015. The group is ranked No. four within the FIFA world rankings.

Scott appeared in 140 matches for England from 2004-17.

Talking on the stage at Saturday’s draw, Scott says: “Bronze medal is nice, nevertheless it’s about turning that bronze one into gold and standing on that podium.”

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6:20 p.m.

U.S. ladies’s nationwide group midfielder Carli Lloyd says she’s assured the People will efficiently defend their title subsequent summer time on the Girls’s World Cup.

Lloyd scored three targets within the last within the 2015 World Cup in Canada, and the US defeated Japan 5-2 for his or her third total championship in soccer’s most prestigious match.

She was requested on stage on the draw occasion inside La Seine Musicale on Saturday how assured the U.S. group is heading into the match.

She stated: “Fairly assured I need to say. This squad is as proficient as may be, we have got the depth and a fantastic teaching employees in place.”

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6:10 p.m.

The 24 groups that certified for the Girls’s World Cup are set to study their opponents for the match’s group stage subsequent summer time in France.

Saturday’s draw for soccer’s most prestigious occasion is going down inside La Seine Musicale, a dome-shaped live performance corridor perched over the river Seine on the outskirts of Paris. The draw is much sufficient away from town heart to not be affected by the widespread anti-government demonstrations going down all day.

These attending the draw embody Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat trick for the US within the last of the 2015 World Cup in Canada. The People defeated Japan 5-2 for his or her third total World Cup title.

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