Steph Houghton missed a controversial late penalty as holders the United States beat England 2-1 to reach a third successive Women’s World Cup final, despite missing inspirational co-captain Megan Rapinoe.The Lionesses had the opportunity to at least force extra-time with an 84th-minute spot-kick, but Houghton’s poor effort was saved and Millie Bright saw red late on as USA held on to ensure their title defence goes to the final stage.Rapinoe’s absence, said to be due to a hamstring issue, provided a pre-match shock, but Christen Press made a swift impact as her replacement when heading in the opener, before Ellen White’s equaliser was cancelled out by Morgan nodding in just past the half-hour mark on her birthday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare England produced a good response in the second half and White had a second goal ruled out for straying marginally offside, before Alyssa Naeher easily saved Houghton’s penalty and a frustrated Bright earned a second booking, providing a disappointing end for Phil Neville’s side.4 – England have taken more penalties (4) and missed more penalties (3) than any other side at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Pressure. #FIFAWWC #Lionesses pic.twitter.com/QJEVqXXxvW — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 2, 2019 A breathless start resulted in USA opening the scoring early, with Press meeting Kelley O’Hara’s deep cross with a fine header into the top-left corner.But England – who had looked overwhelmed – levelled nine minutes later, White expertly guiding Beth Mead’s left-wing cross into the top-right corner with a first-time effort.Morgan ensured USA went into the break ahead, however, racing on to Lindsey Horan’s lofted pass and glancing a header beyond Carly Telford, before appearing to mock England in her celebration, as she pretended to sip from a cup of tea.The Lionesses improved after the break and thought they had the equaliser 23 minutes from time as White converted after Jill Scott’s gorgeous flicked pass, but a VAR review deemed the striker to have been just offside.Another VAR referral nine minutes from time gave England a penalty after Becky Sauerbrunn was deemed to have fouled White with the goal at her mercy, but Houghton’s feeble effort, taken a full three minutes later, was easily saved.Bright then showed her annoyance with a strong tackle on Morgan that earned her a second yellow card, and USA subsequently finished the job. KEY OPTA FACTS- USA have won their past 11 matches at the Women’s World Cup, the best winning streak in the tournament’s history.- USA are the first side in Women’s World Cup history to reach the final in three successive editions, making their record fifth appearance in total.- England have taken (four) and missed (three) more penalties than any other side at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.- White is the first English player in history to score in five consecutive World Cup appearances.- White has scored six goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. No English player has scored more goals than her in a single World Cup tournament (Harry Kane – six in 2018 and Gary Lineker – six in 1986). read more
By Majid MorceliSan Francisco – What happened today in Paris is not only an attack on the cartoonists who paid dearly for what they chose to draw in the name of freedom of expression, it is an attack on you, me and all of us Muslims. Anytime someone claiming to be a Muslim hurts a non-Muslim in the name of Islam, the rest of us Muslims suffer the consequences of their heinous acts.Muslims suffer after each terrorist act that takes place in the western world. All of a sudden we find ourselves feeling guilty for what the terrorist has done, and even worse are the long-lasting feelings that the acts of terror engender. This morning I find myself trying to read my colleagues’ minds in the hopes of discovering whether they are thinking about what happened in France and relating it to me. The majority of the western world is not going to discern between you, the terrorist, and me. In their eyes, Islam is the culprit and it is a religion that encourages the killing of the innocent. Even when acts of terror are committed by non-Muslims, Muslims are always the first ones to be singled out and targeted with hate crimes; North Africans in France will have a hard time in the coming days and weeks. Islam phobia is now very rampant in France; far right groups are depending on the frustration of the French people and winning in the polls, to the point that many are calling for the deportation of all Muslims. Let’s hope that the French people and authorities understand that what happened is the act of the terrorists and the terrorists only.One other major effect of these acts on Muslims is how it devalues Muslim lives in the eyes of Westerners. Take Syria for example. More than a quarter million Syrians have been killed in the last three years and the world is going about its business as if nothing happened. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, and again, no one cares, to the point that the media no longer reports on these tragedies, and treats them as something common in the Muslim world. When something is common, it is no longer considered newsworthy.Leaders all around the world are refusing to give in to terrorism, and we as Muslims must follow their lead; if we do not, the extremists have already won. If I were one of those leaders, I would also ask the French people not to resort to vengeance and not to take their anger out on innocent Muslims.As a matter of fact, the French people are now in a position to show, not only the terrorists, but the whole world, that they will not use terror tactics and hurt innocent Muslims and their properties, but that instead they should treat Muslims with kindness and understanding and dash the terrorists’ hopes of creating mayhem. Doing so will ameliorate relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in France as well as in countries all over the world.; it would be making something good out of something evil.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
30 January 2008The Security Council today heard a closed-door briefing on the situation in Kenya, where post-electoral violence has claimed hundreds of lives, including dozens in recent days, while forcing more than a quarter of a million others to flee their homes. In New York, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe briefed the Council on the latest developments in the East African nation, where nearly 700 people are believed to have been killed in the violence, which first began a few weeks ago after Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga in December elections.Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Mr. Pascoe said that there is a “need for the parties to work together” to bring the violence to an end.Voicing support for the mediation efforts of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, he said the Organization has been deeply involved from the start to bring the situation under control. Additionally, he said that numerous humanitarian organizations have been active on the ground and providing assistance to those forced to flee their homes.During the Council meeting, members “called on Kenya’s leaders to do all what is in their power to bring the violence to an end and to restore calm,” Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi of Libya, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, told the press.Meanwhile in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the situation with the African Union Chairperson, Alpha Oumar Konaré, ahead of his address to the AU summit tomorrow.The two leaders agreed that the AU and UN should support the current efforts by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, according to a spokesperson for the world body.UN agencies are warning that Kenya’s crisis has taken a sharp turn for the worse in recent days with violence claiming many more lives and hampering relief efforts.