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Linda Caicedo nets stunner as Colombia upsets Germany: World Cup digest

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Just Women’s Sports is here with your daily World Cup Digest, breaking down all of the biggest storylines from each day of action in Australia and New Zealand.

Today’s top World Cup news: Linda Caicedo nets stunner as Colombia upsets Germany.

Linda Caicedo scored the best goal of the World Cup so far on Sunday in Colombia’s 2-1 upset of Germany.

Shaking off two defenders, Caicedo managed to curl one past the goalkeeper from a tight spot at a near impossible angle.

It would remain 1-0 for the rest of the second half, but a penalty kick earned by Lena Oberdorf in the 89th minute resulted in a goal from Alexandra Popp that made it 1-1. Nearly 14 minutes of stoppage time played in Colombia’s favor, however, as Manuela Vanegas responded in the 97th minute stoppage time with a header to put Colombia up 2-1.

Today’s top highlight: Morocco wins first-ever WC match as Benzina makes history

A 1-0 win over South Korea helped Morocco to its first ever World Cup win, keeping their knockout round hopes alive. The goal was also the team’s first-ever World Cup goal, delivered by Ibtissam Jraïdi in the sixth minute. Morocco is the first Arab nation to ever win a game at the Women’s World Cup after also becoming the first Arab country to qualify for the tournament.

“We are just so pleased our efforts have paid off,” Jraïdi said afterward. “This victory is for Morocco and Arabs — it’s the fruit of our hard work.”

Defender Nouhaila Benzina also made history as the first player to wear a hijab while competing at a senior-level global tournament.

Bonus: Look at what the win means to Colombia fans and players

Today’s results:

  • Jamaica 1, Panama 0
  • Morocco 1, South Korea 0
  • Norway 6, Philippines 0
  • Switzerland 0, New Zealand 0
  • Colombia 1, Germany 0

Other top news to know:

  • After losing their opener, Norway has clinched its spot in the knockout rounds with a 6-0 win over the Philippines. “We’ve been through this week together. We talk as a team and individuals and today, the last couple of days, you can see the energy coming back within the team and they believed this game might be the last game,” head coach Hege Riise said. Caroline Graham Hansen, meanwhile, called it “a great relief.”
  • Australia head coach Tony Guastavsson said ahead of Australia’s final group stage game that not advancing out of their group would be a “failure.” “I definitely think it’s fair to say it’s a failure if we don’t go out of the group,” said Gustavsson. “I’m the first to admit that, I’ll take ownership for that. I think it’s a massive game in that sense, and we can’t shy away from that. We’ve spoken a couple of times before about legacy and the legacy and the why about this team. And you know, long-term legacy, it’s a different type of question. But if you talk about sports and results, this game is massive. We can’t shy away from that, this is a critical moment.”
  • New Zealand will exit the World Cup in the group stage, but captain Ali Riley remained optimistic, especially after they recorded their first World Cup win. “There’s so much disappointment, but I just wanted everybody to know … be proud,” she told Fox postgame. “Be proud of what we’ve achieved. … I really think that we’ve inspired the country, I hope that little girls across New Zealand and the world now will start playing the sport and feel like they can achieve whatever they put their mind to and just dream bigger than they ever have been able to before. I just hope that this opens so many doors and opportunities for young girls. We wanted to inspire, we wanted to honor the Ferns that came before us and this team did that.”

The Late Sub Podcast: Can the USWNT Medal?

The USWNT takes a silly face photo during their team Olympic photo shoot
The USWNT will begin their 2024 Olympic medal hunt on Thursday. (Brad Smith/ISI/Getty Images).

This week, JWS podcast host Claire Watkins discusses WNBA All-Star Weekend, which felt both like a celebration of the league's explosive growth over the past year and a way to set Team USA up for a particularly competitive Summer Olympics.

Later, Watkins previews the field for the upcoming Olympic soccer tournament, nominating her personal "Group of Death" and discussing whether or not the new-era USWNT could still reach medal contention despite their current rebuild under new head coach Emma Hayes.

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Team USA, Germany Play Pre-Olympic Exhibition Game in London

Team USA's 5x5 Basketball Team stands for the National Anthem before Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game
Team USA looks to rebound from Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game loss in an exhibition against Germany today. (Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

USA Basketball's 5x5 team will tip off in an exhibition against Germany in London this afternoon, getting in one last tune-up before the Summer Olympics begin.

The US is hunting an eighth-straight gold medal this year, with group stage play starting on July 29th.

Team USA's Kahleah Copper, Alyssa Thomas, Kelsey Plum, and Sabrina Ionescu gear up to face Germany in pre-Olympic exhibition.
Team USA's Kahleah Copper, Alyssa Thomas, Kelsey Plum, and Sabrina Ionescu gear up to take on Germany in London. (Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

US to use All-Star loss as fuel

Coming off the weekend's All-Star Game loss, the Olympians are ready to repeat history: They earned their Tokyo gold medal immediately after losing the first Team USA vs. Team WNBA All-Star Game back in 2021.

Breanna Stewart, who led Team USA with a 31-point, 10-rebound double-double on Saturday, said that the defeat "is going to help us tremendously. We don’t get that many game opportunities, [and now] we can go back and watch the film and focus on how we can continue to be better."

Today’s tilt against Germany will see the US work to lock in their defense, particularly in the paint. They'll also lean into their positional versatility before heading to Paris.

WNBA pro Satou Sabally leads Team Germany in today's pre-Olympic exhibition game against Team USA.
WNBA pro Satou Sabally helped Germany to their first-ever Olympic berth. (Axel Heimken/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Olympic debutants Germany enter first US clash

The exhibition marks the first-ever US-Germany linkup. The German team will make their Olympic debut in Paris after decades of failing to qualify for major international competitions. Their sixth-place 2023 EuroBasket finish sent them into February’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where they punched their ticket to the 2024 Games.

Leading Germany's run was two-time WNBA All-Star Satou Sabally, who put up career-high averages in points, rebounds, assists, and steals with Dallas last season. Her 20-point, 11-rebound double-double was the difference-maker in Germany's must-win 73-71 Olympic qualifying victory over Brazil.

Other German players to watch include 2022 NY Liberty draft-pick — and Sabally's sister — Nyara Sabally, along with Liberty sharpshooter Leonie Fiebich.

Where to watch the Team USA vs. Germany game

Today’s exhibition tips off at 3 PM ET with live coverage on FS1.

1v1 With Kelley O’Hara: USWNT Star Jaedyn Shaw Is Expecting “Dubs All Around”

retired uswnt star kelley o'hara interviewing san diego wave and uswnt forward jaedyn shaw
'1v1' is back with Jaedyn Shaw joining Kelley O'Hara for a conversation about the upcoming Paris Olympics. (Just Women's Sports)

In the latest episode of Just Women's Sports' 1v1 With Kelley O'Hara, San Diego Wave and USWNT star Jaedyn Shaw joins two-time World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Kelley O'Hara for a one-on-one conversation about the upcoming Paris Olympics.

We hear from the 19-year-old Wave FC phenom about her first impressions of new USWNT coach Emma Hayes, her experience with international competition at this point in her young career, and how she's preparing to take on the 2024 Summer Games.

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The 91st: Complete USWNT & Olympic Soccer Preview Featuring Jess McDonald

Logo for JWS USWNT Olympic show The 91st
The latest season of JWS' awarding-winning Olympics show 'The 91st' premieres today. (Just Women's Sports)

We're back! Hosts Jordan Angeli, Duda Pavao, and retired USWNT forward Jess McDonald deliver a full preview of this year's Olympic soccer tournament in Paris.

Watch for full analysis of USWNT manager Emma Hayes's coaching style, this team's shifting identity in this new USWNT era, and a projected starting XI for the team's group stage opener against Zambia. The 91st hosts also break down all three Olympic groups — including top players and teams to track throughout the tournament — plus give their predictions for the medal rounds and individual awards.

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