Apart from being outplayed and out manoevred by an extraordinarily tough team, England Women played a blinder. OK they focused far too much on a narrow ten metre strip down the right wing. OK, England’s keeper was playing as though she had lost the use of her hands and seemed incapable of clearing a ball further than ten yards. OK, however determined EW were in the tackle -USAW were more determined.
But as Mrio Puzo reminded us in the Godfather, “…In this world there comes a time when the most humble of men, if he keeps his eyes open, can take his revenge on the most powerful”.
The same must surely apply to the incorrectly named Lionesses (those cats are Leopards not Lions), who if driven to become ruthless, self-centred, patronising footballers who understand time-management (USAW could make the last ten minuted of any game seem entirely without purpose) as well as people-management, (there were some definite niggles appearing between opposing marked pairs), then they’ll hose it next time.