London 2012 Olympic Womens Football: Team USA 3-0 Colombia


Abby Wambach, Team USA

London 2012 Olympic Womens Football: Team USA 3-0 Colombia

Columbian Lady Andrade was caught on camera flattening U.S. star Abby Wambach during a fixture between the two countries on Saturday which ended with Team USA beating Colombia 3-0

A slow motion replay of the incident appears to show an intentional right-hook to the face.

‘I’m running toward the goal to get position, and I got sucker-punched,’ said Wambach.

‘It’s clear. We have it on film, so it’s up to the Olympic committee and FIFA to decide what to do.’

‘Absolutely. It’s interesting – you think about yourself and what you would do on the street if somebody were to sucker-punch you,’ Wambach said. ‘And you have all of the lists of things that you would probably do to retaliate, but this is Olympics and I can’t risk getting a red card, I can’t risk getting a yellow card.’

‘We like to call it ‘ice’ – stay ice cold. They’re trying to get me to retaliate, and I’m proud of myself for not doing that.’

Wambach shared a photo of her shiner this morning on her Twitter acount, showing the swollen, bruised eye she will have to play with for the rest of the competition.

‘Thanks for all the well wishes. Eye is healing fine. #reversesmokeyeye #notcool,’ she said.

Wambach scored in the 74th minute to make the score 2-0.

FIFA is examining the case after being contacted by U.S. authorities, and Andrade could learn her fate as early as today.

Wambach, 32, was left with a black eye following the violent incident. In the second half she scored a goal to break the U.S. women’s soccer record for scoring at the Olympics, with a tally of six.

After the game, officials from Team USA contacted FIFA to draw the organisation’s attention to the incident, although they did not go as far as to file a formal complaint.

‘I think it’s important that you recognize it,’ said US coach Pia Sundhage. ‘I watched it on video, and I’d say it’s very unusual, playing like that and trying to get her out of the game. That doesn’t belong in the game.’

Andrade’s version of yesterday’s events in Glasgow, Scotland, was different and she dismissed the run-in as an accident.

‘Nothing happened,’ she said through an interpreter. ‘It was just a normal part of the game. We were both running, she ran across me and we collided. I had my hands in the air. It was an accident.’

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Mario Balotelli, Italy

Mario Balotelli's first-half double put Italy through to the final of Euro 2012 as they stunned Germany in Warsaw. Cesc Fabregas winning shot put Defending champions star striker Spain through to clash with Italy tomorrow.

Thrilled, Balotelli almost ran to his mother in the stadium in Warsaw after his second goal. Ballotelli was adopted him after he was born in Italy to Ghanaian immigrants.

Andrea Pirlo, Italy

In addition to Ballotelli, Andrea Pirlo is also a formidable opponent.

Spain’s manager Vicente Del Bosque and Italy’s manager Cesare Prandelli will lead their teams in the EURO 2012 FINAL in Kiev on Sunday.

“When I dream,” Prandelli said, “I always dream fantastic things. We are all fit, mentally and physically. We can’t have any negative thoughts, and we can’t think we’re even a little bit tired. We are ready to be pressed high up the pitch, and we have to work on how we move around to free up a player like Marchisio, De Rossi or Montolivo.”

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Mario Ballotelli, Italy National Team


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Extending its winless streak against Italy in major tournaments to eight matches, Germany could not stop Balotelli nor Antonio Cassano.

In the 20th minute, Balotelli got past Holger Badstuber to head in a cross from Cassano. Then in the 36th, the 21-year-old striker  blasted a long shot past the goalkeeper into the top right corner.

Italy will face defending champion Spain in Sunday’s final in Kyiv, Ukraine — a rematch of their 1-1 draw that opened Group C.

While Italy has won four World Cups, it’s only European Championship title came in 1968.

Cassano set up the opening goal. The second goal by Balotelli went past Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who stood immobile.

Balotelli took off his jersey after his second goal, which drew an automatic yellow card, although he will not miss the final.

In the 35th, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon preserved the Azzurri lead by swatting away a long shot from Sami Khedira — and Balotelli doubled the lead a minute later.

To start the second half, Germany coach Joachim Loew brought on Miroslav Klose for Mario Gomez at centre forward and replaced Lukas Podolski with Marco Reus on the wing. Di Natale came on in the 70th after Balotelli went out with a cramp to his left leg.

Germany: Manuel Neuer, Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski.

Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Federico Balzaretti, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Daniele De Rossi, Claudio Marchisio, Riccardo Montolivo, Andrea Pirlo, Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano.

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Manager: Vicente Del Bosque

Captain: Iker Casillas

  • Best World Cup Result: Winners (2010)
  • Best European Championship Result: Winners (1964 and 2008)
  • Record Scorer: David Villa (51 goals from 2005 to present)
  • Most Capped Player: Iker Casillas (129 caps from 2000 to present)

Spain Euro 2012 Squad

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Manuel ‘Pepe’ Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona).

Defenders: Javi Martínez (Athletic Bilbao), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Andoni Iraola (Athletic Bilbao), Jordi Alba (Valencia).

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Xavi Hernández (Barcelona), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Cesc Fàbregas (Barcelona), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Málaga), Jesús Navas (Sevilla), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago Alcántara (Barcelona)

Forwards: Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Juan Mata (Chelsea), David Villa (Barcelona).

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Cesc Fabregas, Spain

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Spain defeated Portugal 4-2 on penalties – sending La Roja to the Euro 2012 Final competition on July 1, 2012 at Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Spain will clash with the winner of tomorrow’s battle between Germany and Italy in the final Euro 2012 Semi-Final at National Stadium Warsaw Poland. Premium  Euro 2012 football tickets are still available securely online.

Fabregas played in 2006, when he was 18, and again in 2008, he helped Spain win Euro 2008 with 1 goal and 4 assists.

In the 2012 Euro 2012 competition, Fabregas scored a penalty goal as Spain won the shootout over Portugal to reach Sunday’s final. Only Germany or Italy can keep Spain from an unprecedented feat of World Cup and Euro competitions. Spain is the only team besides West Germany to reach three straight finals.

“Hopefully we can achieve what nobody else has achieved,” coach Vicente del Bosque said. “This would be great for everyone: for Spanish football and for our country as a whole.

“These are signs of progress taking place in Spanish sports, and hopefully it will carry over into society as well.”

“Spain has already made history and now we continue making it,” captain Iker Casillas said. “I hope people remember this all their lives because who would have thought we could achieve this four years ago.”

Spain won the Euro 2008 and World Cup in 2010.

“I had an intuition. In the afternoon I was thinking about it, that I would have a unique opportunity and I told (assistant coach) Toni Grande that I didn’t want to shoot second, that I wanted to shoot fifth,” Fabregas said at the Donbass Arena. “I think I spoke to the ball, I know what I told the ball. I said ‘I think we’ll be together right to the final.’”

Spain has an extra rest day over its opponent – that will be either Germany or Italy.

“In either case, whichever team gets out of the semifinal will be a great team,” said Spain manager Del Bosque.

Fabregas or Fernando Torres have scored two goals each and have each started twice in five games.

“Spain keeps making history, nobody has done what we have and now if we win Sunday’s final we can add the exclamation point to this era,” said defender Sergio Ramos, whose audacious soft chip in the penalty shootout helped put Spain in command. “I hope people appreciate how difficult it is to get to where we are. Spain won’t always win every game, but we hope that’s not the case on Sunday.”

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