It might have been a win for the USA but goalscorers, Carli Lloyd and Julie Ertz were fast forgotten about, the only name on people’s lips after the match: Christiane “Tiane” Endler.
Having conceded three first half goals that would have outfoxed most goalkeepers, the Chile captain refused to be beaten a fourth time. Cat-like at worst, a golden glove winner at best, the 27-year-old pulled off a string of saves to keep the Americans out. Some acrobatic, some with her feet, others enough to leave those in white looking to the sky, flummoxed when the ball didn’t crest into the back of the net as they’d intended.
Having had spells in Chile, England, Spain and France, Endler isn’t a bolt from the blue but there is nothing that could have catapulted her into the public consciousness like thwarting the current world champions at every turn. Five ranking places below Thailand, Chile weren’t about to be the next casualty and ship 13 goals to the USA, not with Endler between the sticks.
Whether or not La Roja progress remains to be seen but it’s clear, come the end of this marathon tournament, people will still be buzzing about Chile’s número uno.
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