I’m absolutely loving the Women’s World Cup so far (apart from the pervasive sexism that’s still hanging around like a bad smell, eg: the suggestion of smaller goals. Don’t be daft). There is much to celebrate from the Group Stage nonetheless.
The Lionesses are through to the Round of 16 with a game to spare, the USWNT can’t stop scoring, Thailand started scoring (hooray!), Chile’s outstanding goalkeeper Christiane Endler (below) has shown herself to be a total badass, and Brazil’s Marta….well, Marta is an absolute legend.
Her perfectly-taken penalty in yesterday’s game places her right at the top of the all-time overall World Cup scoring table with 17 goals in her five tournaments – one more than Germany’s Miroslav Klose. She’s on another level, no question of that.
Marta may be one of the greatest players of all time, but we’re glad to see she’s not immune to a silly goal celebration (below), making a brave effort to kiss her magical right boot while still wearing it after her record-breaking penalty against Italy last night!
The Italians were celebrating too, having also reached the Round of 16. The joyous picture of captain Sara Gama being given the bumps (above) by her team-mates beautifully captures the spirit and feeling of this tournament. Everyone seems to be having an absolute blast.
Long may the party continue!Embed from Getty Images