Costa Rica and the U.S. became the first two teams to advance to the semifinals of the 2010 Women's World Cup qualifiers with their wins Saturday night in Cancún. And it was the night of the Roridriguezes as Amy Rodriguez scored a hat trick for the U.S. and Raquel Rodríguez Cedeno celebrated her 17th birthday with two goals in Costa Rica's 3-0 win over Haiti.
Perpetua Nkwocha's two first-half goals held up for Nigeria in its 2-1 win over South Africa today in Group A action of the African Women's Football Championship. With the win, Nigeria became the first team in the AWC to qualify for the knockout round. In the second Group A game today, Mali beat Tanzania, 3-2, eliminating Tanzania from the tournament. In Ecuador, Argentina faces Bolivia and Ecuador takes on Chile in the first games of the CONMEBOL qualifiers.