The best of the WWC

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  • Opening offer

    A performer struts her stuff at the Women's World Cup opening ceremony in Berlin.

    Go Go Garefrekes

    Kerstin Garefrekes got on the scoresheet as Germany got off to a good start against Canada, but was guilty of the miss of the tournament.

    Mad for Marta

    The world's best female player, Brazilian Marta, was on show and bagged two goals against Norway.

    The handball seen round the world

    Equatorial Guinea defender Bruna was guilty of the most blatant handball in history when she caught the ball against Australia, but the officials missed it.

  • Hacked off

    New Zealand's women celebrate a stunning comeback to save some pride against Mexico by doing the Haka.

    Simon and Matilda

    Kyah Simon's late goal against Norway for Australia sent them through.

    Lioness' roar

    England celebrate after a 2-0 win over favourites Japan ensured their progress as well.

    The future?

    Japan pulled off the shock of the tournament by beating champions Germany 1-0 in the quarter-finals.

  • Die Failure

    Germany come to terms with their exit on home soil.

    A shoulder to cry on

    England captain Faye White is consoled after her missed penalty saw them crash out to France.

    Crying wolf

    With Brazil leading 2-1 against USA with five minutes left, Erika faked an injury and was carried off.

    Wambach thank you ma'am

    Abby Wambach used the time effectively to head the USA level in the final seconds.

  • The agonising wait

    The game went to penalties and Marta showed her nerves.

    Hope and Glory

    USA goalkeeper Hope Solo saved the day and Brazil went home.

    Swedish sadness

    Sweden's Sara Thunebro sits and contemplates defeat as Japan made the finals.

    Wam bam Part II

    Abby Wambach provided another trademark header to send the USA into the final past France.