Brazil, England win but France shocked

Brazil became the second team to qualify for the knockout round of the womenand’s World Cup on Saturday and England picked up a big win, but France suffered a shock defeat that could make their life at the tournament tougher.
Brazil joined defending champions Japan in the next stage with six points after a grim 1-0 win over Spain in a Montreal Group E game, striker Alessandro Alves tapping home in the 44th minute after a defensive error. While Brazil rarely looked comfortable against a physical Spanish side and only managed two shots on target, coach Vadao brushed off questions about the lack of goals. and”I am not concerned about that … our victories are what weand’re concerned about,and” he said after their second somewhat laborious win in a row. Veteran striker Marta had a game to forget and Brazil will need to play much better if they are to equal their best ever World Cup performance, which was reaching the final of the tournament in 2007. South Korea and Costa Rica put on a much better performance in the second Group E contest, which ended 2-2 after the Latin American side scored an 89th minute equalizer.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman