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Women’s World Cup roundup: Thais score, Swedes win

  • Thailands players celebrate in front of their supporters after the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and Thailand at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. Sweden defeated Thailand by 5-1. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

  • Sweden's Elin Rubensson scores her side's fifth goal by penalty during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and Thailand at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

  • Spectators follow the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and Thailand at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

  • Thailand's players celebrate in front of their supporters after the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and Thailand at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. Sweden defeated Thailand by 5-1. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

  • Sweden's Mimmi Larsson, left, and Sweden's scorer Elin Rubensson celebrate their side's fifth goal during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and Thailand at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)


The Associated Press
Sunday, June 16, 2019

NICE, France — Thailand finally found something to celebrate after a humiliating start to the Women’s World Cup.

It was just a single goal, and it came in a 5-1 loss to Sweden on Sunday, but it was enough to briefly allow the Thai squad to celebrate. Thailand was routed, 13-0, by the United States in its opener.

Sweden, which advanced into the round of 16 with the victory, had a 4-0 lead when Thailand scored. Kanjana Sungngoen got on the end of a high ball and beat Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl at her near post in the first minute of stoppage time. The Thai players and coaches celebrated as if they had won the match.

Five different players scored for Sweden, and the last goal came from Elin Rubensson from the penalty spot on the final kick of the game after a video review.

The Thai squad bowed to its fans after the final whistle. The game had the smallest announced crowd so far at this tournament with only 9,354 fans in attendance for the Group F match in Nice.

FIFA to Arab TV: Quit pirating signal

NICE, France — FIFA wants Saudi-backed satellite broadcaster Arabsat to stop transmitting pirated feeds of Women’s World Cup games from a Qatari network, part of an ongoing sports television rights dispute linked to the Gulf diplomatic crisis.

Bootlegged feeds from Doha-based beIN Sports of top soccer games have been broadcast by Saudi-based BeoutQ since 2017.

FIFA, which sells exclusive rights to beIN, called out Arabsat for distributing on BeoutQ. Screengrabs from BeoutQ’s coverage of England’s victory over Scotland at the Women’s World Cup last week included a beIN logo on the screen.

Saudi authorities declared beIN illegal in the kingdom, a proxy battle in the nation’s wider economic and diplomatic boycott of Qatar that was launched nearly two years ago. BeIN has pursued in French courts.

“Even if we are illegally denied access to justice in Saudi Arabia, we will use every means possible to hold beoutQ and Arabsat to account for their daily theft of rights-holders’ intellectual property,” beIN group chief executive Yousef Al-Obaidly said.

“But we are not fighting this battle alone — the weight of the international community is now firmly coming to bear on Saudi Arabia to end its safe haven for piracy, which is destroying not only the economic model of the global sports and entertainment industry, but the livelihoods of content creators all around the world.”

FIFA, UEFA and the Asian Football Confederation issued a joint statement with the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and Spain’s La Liga denouncing “persistent and illegal screening” of games in which beIN owned the Middle East rights.

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