In today’s news: Brazil set to honor star striker Marta, Maggie Alphonsi speaks out on gender abuse and tomorrow’s Champions League relationship.
Chelsea and Man City try to advance to Champions League quarter-finals
Chelsea and Man City will continue their Champions League run tomorrow, when they face Atlético Madrid and Fiorentina, respectively, in the first leg of their last 16 meetings.
Atlético, a team that have themselves conquered Man City twice in recent years, will provide a severe test for Emma Hayes’ side, who are still awaiting the fitness of defender Millie Bright.
Man City are on an eight-game winning streak in the Women’s Super League but also face injury issues as Keira Walsh, Lauren Hemp and Demi Stokes all remain in doubt.
Fiorentina enter tomorrow’s game after enjoying impressive form in 2021. The Italian side won their first three domestic league games to start the year, before succumbing to Florentia 2-0 last weekend.
Brazil announces Women’s Football Day in honor of Marta
The Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro has announced that February 19 will be considered Women’s Football Day, in honor of Brazilian legend Marta.
Marta is considered one of the greatest female footballers to ever honor the match and holds countless records for her county, including the most goals scored for Brazil with 109, the most goals scored in the FIFA World Cup with 17, and the first footballer to score. in five separate World Cup tournaments.
Despite being 35, Marta continues to represent her country even now and recently scored in Brazil’s 4-1 victory over Argentina in the SheBelieves Cup.
Named six-time FIFA World Player of the Year, the date was chosen to commemorate Marta’s birthday, with the aim of increasing the popularity of women’s football in Brazil.
Tammy Beaumont tops ODI batting rankings
England opener Tammy Beaumont replaced Australian captain Meg Lanning at the top of the ICC One-Day-International standings.
Beaumont scored three consecutive half centuries in England’s recent ODI Series victory over New Zealand and moved up five places to claim first place.
This is the first time Beaumont has held this honor, despite being named player of the tournament in the 2017 Cricket World Cup, which England won.
Versatile Nat Sciver also rose to the top 10 in the batting standings, thanks to his winning stroke of 63 in the second ODI.
England begin their T20 international series against New Zealand in Wellington on March 3.
Jones wins Premier 15 player of the month award
Wasps women’s half butterfly Megan Jones took home the Allianz Premier 15 player of the month award for February.
The 24-year-old, who has 10 caps for England and is a former GB player at seven, scored 30 points in three games in February and helped Wasps move up to fourth in the table.
Jones inspired Wasps to victory over league leaders Saracens last Saturday, scoring 16 points, including a scintillating solo effort from the start.
The Wasps’ next game will be against Exeter Chiefs Women on Saturday March 6.
Former English star Maggie Alphonsi denounces sexist abuse
England rugby legend Maggie Alphonsi has condemned the sexist abuse directed at BBC journalist Sonja McLaughlan in the Six Nations loss to Wales last weekend.
Former international rugby player of the year and member of the World Rugby Hall of Fame, Alphonsi spoke with BBC Wife’s Hour about the sexist comments she received recently when she was an expert for Italy’s game against France.
Alphonsi stressed that rugby itself is neither a women’s nor a men’s sport, but just a sport, urging others to come forward and challenge the idea that women should not be able to ” have an opinion on sport.
“It is important that people like me and many other women who work in the studio or who are commentators continue to speak out against negative abuses like this because we have to have a platform and keep doing our job doing it well.” .
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