USA Defeats Republic of Ireland Women with Alana Cook’s First International Goal
In their second meeting in four days, Republic of Ireland Women lost 1-0 to the USA, with a powerful shot from Alana Cook. The US had beaten Ireland 2-0 in their first encounter, but striker Mallory Swanson sustained a severe injury that could keep her out of the World Cup. Ireland goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan’s error handed Cook her first international goal on her 26th birthday, two minutes before half-time, leaving Ireland struggling to equalize.
Lucy Quinn tried to capitalize on Katie McCabe crosses early on but failed to equalize, and Becky Sauerbrunn hit the bar, almost securing her first international goal in her 216th appearance. The US will face Wales in San Jose, California, on July 9 while Republic of Ireland will continue their preparations with friendly fixtures against Zambia on June 22 and then France on July 6.
Are you looking forward to the World Cup schedule? The group stage begins on July 20 and runs over two weeks, ending on August 3. Group winners and runners-up progress to the round of 16, which takes place from August 5 to August 8. The quarter-finals, scheduled for August 11 and 12, take place in Wellington, Auckland, Brisbane, and Sydney. The first semi-final is on August 15 in Auckland, with the other semi-final on August 16 at the Accor Stadium in Sydney. Sydney will also host the final on August 20, preceded by a third-place play-off on August 19 in Brisbane.
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