Sunday, June 21, 2015

Women's World Cup Day 12: Aussies upset Brazil, France rolls, hosts advance

Brazil 0-1 Australia
Australia gets a late goal from substitute Kyah Simon to upset Brazil, who had not allowed a goal in the group stage. Chances were few and far between for the first hour, then both sides traded blows until the Simon finish. After a tussle for the ball in midfield, Australia came away with the ball and Lisa De Vanna got free down the right flank. Her original shot was saved, but Simon was in the right place at the right time to bury the rebound and send Australia to the quarterfinals. They will face the winner of Tuesday's Netherlands-Japan match.

France 3-0 Korea
France left little to doubt in this one as they pounced on Korea nice and early. Marie-Laure Delie and Elodie Thomis both scored for Les Bleues before ten minutes had expired. Things slowed down a bit after the opening salvo, but it was still all France, all the time. Korea's keeper, Jung Mi-Kim took a beating in the first half. First, around the 17 minute mark she took an elbow from her own defender. Then, right before the halftime whistle, she was part of a head to head clash with Fracne's Wendie Renard. Somehow, she was healthy enough to return for the second half.

Her presence didn't help. Delie bagged her second goal of the game after a nice run and pass from Eugenie Le Sommer minutes after the start of the second half. The rout means they move on to take on Germany, who seem invincible, in the quarterfinals. It will be number one in the world against number three in the world, so make sure to tune it. It should be a dandy.

Canada 0-0 Switzerland
There were no goals in the first half, but Switzerland certainly looked more threatening. They were breaking down Canada's defense with wide attacks that the Canadian full backs were not exactly fast enough to handle. Switzerland may have had the better moves up front, but they still only managed to take two shots. Canada didn't do any better when they had they ball, the only took one.

The second half started off much like the first, only there was one major difference. In the 52nd minute, Canada was pressuring and got a few back to back crosses into the Swiss box. Christine Sinclair got on the end of one of them, laid it off for Josee Belanger, who blasted a low shot inside the far post to put Canada up 1-0. Despite plenty of Swiss attacks, Canada withstood each one and took their lone goal to the quarterfinal. They will face either Norway or England  in the next round.

Tomorrow's Matches
The round of 16 continues with a pair of matches, including the USWNT getting back in action. But first, Norway takes on England at 5pm. Norway is the only team to have put up a fight against Germany so far, so I like them over a questionable England team. I say 2-0 to Norway.

The USA kicks off at 8pm against a tricky Colombian team. The USA has not allowed a goal since the first half of their first match against Australia, but still are having trouble scoring goals. The big question heading in will be how the USA forwards lineup. Will it be Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan? Will Chrsiten Press get involved? We will just have to wait and see.

Colombia will need a herculean effort similar to what they did to take down France in teh group stage in order to win this one. I say the USA wins it 2-0.

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