Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler was named Player of the Match for a standout performance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019.
Endler, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, finished the game with six saves. Most of those came during a second half in which she blocked USA from scoring .
“I’ve been preparing for this tournament in the best way I can, not only physically, but mentally as well, But I’ve been working on plays like that with our goalkeeper coach. It’s all about leaping to make the save, even if you think you have no chance of making the stop. Personally, I like it when the ball comes at me fast and often. I like the spotlight and the excitement.” She added during a post match press conference.
Endler, is Chile’s captain and the country’s most high-profile player.
They recently went unpaid, trained on concrete, wore the men’s national team’s old uniforms and faced numerous other forms of sexism and exclusion.
They made it to the World Cup in France and are still fighting, with minimal chance of reaching the knockout round as one of the tournament’s top four third-place group finishers.