Thursday, June 18, 2015

Women's World Cup Day 10: Spanish heartbreak, French domination

England 2-1 Colombia
England scored twice in the first half, including a penalty on a hand ball in the box. They then held off a furious Colombian rally as the clock wound down. Colombia scored in the final minute to get within a goal, but that was all they got. Both sides advance regardless. England, as the second place finisher, gets Norway in the next round while Colombia, advancing as one of the better third place teams, will face the USA.

Mexico 0-5 France
I figured France would come out with guns blazing after their shock defeat to Colombia. I didn;t think they would rock Mexico this hard, but good on them. Amadine Henry drilled home a goal of the tournament nominee to finish off the rout in the 80th minute. The big win means France means they win Group F over England, which sets them up for a probable date with Germany in the quarterfinals. Winning Group F may have been a curse in disguise.

Costa Rica 0-1 Brazil
Costa Rica needed at least a point to really have a shot at advancing, but that was probably too much to ask against Brazil. They held out for quite a while though. It wasn't until the 83rd minute that Raquel Fernandes scored for Brazil to eliminate Las Ticas. Brazil may not score much, but their defensive record speaks for itself. They are yet to allow a goal in the tournament and should be a tough foe going forward in the knockout rounds.

Korea 2-1 Spain
Spain stood to go on to the knockout rounds at halftime after Veonica Boquette put them ahead in the 29th minue. Korea levelled in the 53rd. Spain was still alive until the 78th minute when an attempted cross from Sooyun Kim was awry in just the right way for Korea. The off target cross floated right into the net to give Korea a 2-1 lead, which would end up the final score. Korea moves on with the win to face France in the round of 16.

Round of 16 Matches
Here is the full list of Round of 16 games, previews coming soon.

June 20
4:00- Germany vs. Sweden
7:30- China vs. Cameroon

June 21
1:00- Brazil vs. Australia
4:00- France vs. Korea
7:30- Canada vs. Switzerland

June 22
5:00- Norway vs. England
8:00- USA vs. Colombia

June 23
10:00- Japan vs. Netherlands

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