The morning after Canada's soccer nightmare
It looked a little harsh, Wall Street Journal sportswriter Joe Melvin said in his live blog of the Canada-U.S. soccer match penalty call.
Very rarely called, said Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl.
Harsh, very harsh on Canada, wrote the BBC's Paul Fletcher.
The decision was shocking, declared The New York Times.
And from actor and prolific Olympic tweeter Samuel L. Jackson: "Lemme say though, those Canuck Ladies brought da noise! They came to WIN! Ehhh?!!"
The sports world consensus after the heart-stopping, heartbreaking Canadian 4-3 loss to the U.S. Monday night was that it was one of the great games of soccer laced with one of the more head-shaking referee foul calls against Canada's Erin McLeod for a six-second violation.
"Even the U.S. players said they were surprised by the call," the NY Times reported. "Goalkeeper Hope Solo said she couldn’t recall an instance when a call was made without a warning. Coach Pia Sundhage said flatly, “I haven’t seen that before.”
What wasn't in dispute was the game played by Canada's Christine Sinclair.
"Spare a thought for Canadian skipper Christine Sinclair," said Britain's Daily Telegraph. "She struck a hat-trick worthy of a commemorative plaque on the walls of Old Trafford."
From Sports Illustrated's Wahl:
"The U.S. isn’t used to giving up three goals, and the Americans had gone 26 games and 11 years since their last defeat to Canada. Sinclair put the Canadians ahead three separate times."
"This semi-final showdown is a clash of two of women’s soccer’s greatest ever forwards," said the Wall Street Journal's Joe Melvin.
And from that other women's soccer forward, the U.S.'s Abby Wambach: "Christine Sinclair couldn’t have had a better game. Credit to Canada. They're a great team."