That picture of Jan Vertonghen with his index finger in the air makes me wonder what would have happened if he’d stuck up the finger to his left, though I know Troy Deeney once got away with it. Who knows if Vertonghen would be so lucky?
Ramble of the Day
This summer (for Northern Hemisphere people) or winter (for Southern Hemisphere people) has a second World Cup for us. The U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup is currently in session, with the 16 teams currently wrapping up the group stage. So far, hosts France, the Netherlands, England, and North Korea have booked spots in the quarterfinals, with eight more teams to play on Monday.
Before England won Group B and set up a quarterfinal meeting with the Netherlands, they faced Mexico and beat them 6-1. Mexico took the lead through a Jacqueline Ovalle goal, but England scored six unanswered goals, which incluced a hattrick from Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp, the reigning PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year.
The 18-year-old added a truly spectacular and unforgettable goal to her already impressive résumé. It may be the greatest goal I have ever seen.
I cannot stop watching it. There has never been another goal like it. In fact, it might be my favorite goal ever now. (I may reevaluate this later, but I really do enjoy it.) The forward even had her say on Twitter afterwards.
Haters gonna say I didn’t mean it https://t.co/HjZg57U6Cx— Lauren Hemp (@lauren__hemp) August 12, 2018
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I believe her. The striker’s instinct is clear to see.
There were a few other goals worth watching on the day, including Ovalle’s strike and Georgia Stanway’s goal to make it 4-1 to the Lionesses. Feel free to watch those below, and check out another replay of Hemp’s final goal (and watch it on repeat, if you’re anything like me).
tl;dr: One for the highlight reel.
Links of the Day
Keisuke Honda will coach the Cambodian national team while playing for Australian side Melbourne Victory.
Paul Pogba is rumored to be unhappy at Manchester United, but did say captaining the team on Friday was a “dream come true.”
Transfer roundup: Paris Saint-Germain have signed Thilo Kehrer from Schalke; Michy Batshuayi has joined Valencia on a season-long loan from Chelsea; Everton have signed Kurt Zouma on a one-year loan from Chelsea
Today’s longer read: a journey through the Scottish fifth division through photo essay, written by Daniel Gray and photographed by Alan McCredie for The Guardian