I have “A Little Bit Alexis” from Schitt’s Creek stuck in my head, and this happens more often than you’d think for someone who doesn’t regularly listen to it!
Ramble of the Day
The 2020 SheBelieves Cup got started yesterday, with Spain beating Japan 3-1 and the U.S. beating England to start off the annual tournament. I didn’t plan on rambling about it, but it appears this year, the players all agreed to score bangers.
First up, Japan’s Mana Iwabuchi scoring her side’s lone goal of the game.
Que golazo, Mana Iwabuchi.— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) March 5, 2020
“You can smile, it’s okay, that was awesome!” @jtyardley says as the cameras catch Japan coach Asako Takakura almost celebrating.#SheBelievesCup @aishiterutokyo pic.twitter.com/KoB6ar9JyR
Like any normal person, I thought there would only be one outstanding goal of the day. I suppose the SheBelieves Cup isn’t normal, and I probably should’ve known that. Additionally, Christen Press is Christen Press, so naturally she scored a nice goal of her own:
CHRISTEN PRESS WITH AN ABSOLUTE BEAUTY #SheBelievesCup pic.twitter.com/Dut3txudo3— espnW (@espnW) March 6, 2020
Not to be outdone, Lindsay Horan came up with a lovely assist to Carli Lloyd’s goal just a few minutes later.
when it comes to @CarliLloyd and scoring, it's bangers only thank you. pic.twitter.com/tw446gw8yw— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) March 6, 2020
We’ll find out in the coming days if the players at the SheBelieves Cup can maintain their streak of scoring great goals, but that’s a decent way to start this tournament.
tl;dr: Check out some bangers at the SheBelieves Cup.
Links of the Day
Coronavirus: former Denmark international Thomas Kahlenberg has coronavirus, and more than 14 people are in quarantine after shaking hands with him; the Champions League encounter between Valencia and Atalanta will be played behind closed doors; the Premier League and Ligue 1 are banning pre-match handshakes
Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira fractured his ankle in Monday’s FA Cup tie against Portsmouth.
Monaco’s Gelson Martins got a six month ban for pushing a referee.
China’s Tianjin Tianhai is available for free for a new owner as the club deals with financial troubles.
Today’s longer read: Tariq Panja reports on a tax fraud scheme that involved “ghost” clubs in Belgium, Cyprus, and Serbia for The New York Times