Sunday, June 21, 2015

Women's World Cup Day 11: Germany makes a statement

Germany 4-1 Sweden
Germany showed the world how good they really are today with an emphatic win against a pretty good Sweden team. They lit up the fifth ranked team in the world for four goals, when the USA (ranked #2 behind Germany) couldn't put one across against them. Anja Mittag scored the first in the 24th minute. Then Celia Sasic converted a penalty in 36th. In the second half, it was more of the same German dominance. Sasic scored again in the 78th minute before Sweden got one from Linda Sembrant. Dzsenifer Marozsan made it four for Germany with only two minutes left in the 90.

Germany has proven time and time again that they are a force to be reckoned with in the World Cup. After they took out Sweden so definitively, I don't think much will stop them from winning the whole darn thing. In the quarterfinal, they face the winner of today's France-South Korea showdown.

China 1-0 Cameroon
Shanshan Wang scored with a close range volley in the 12 minute and that was all they needed to carry this one over Cameroon. Cameroon fought hard, but was unable to penetrate China's dedicated defending. The Chinese advance to meet the winner of USA-Colombia on Monday night.

Today's Matches
The round of 16 rolls on with three matches this afternoon. First up at 1pm, Brazil takes on Australia. The Aussies are out of the frying pan of Group D and into the fire of a knockout round matchup against Brazil. Brazil are yet to allow a goal in the tournament, but I expect that to change here. They still win though, but by a 2-1 score.

Second on the list is a 4pm kickoff between France and Korea. France was less than impressive for most of the group stage. They barely beat England and lost to Colombia before hammering Mexico in the final game. I like them to take down defensive minded Korea, but it will be a struggle. I say they only win 1-0.

Finally, the 7:30 kickoff is between the Canadian hosts and Switzerland. Canada has had trouble scoring so far, so I think they will have to fight to win this one. They will get it done, though, with a 1-0 win.

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