The United States, Canada and Germany are all regarded as amongst the favorites in their groups at the Women’s Globe Cup.
Each won its very first match and could have secured a location in the knockout stage with a victory in its second. But all three played to draws.
Defending champion Japan became the initial to earn a spot in the subsequent round, following defeating Switzerland 1- in the opener and Cameroon two-1 on Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Prime-ranked Germany crushed Ivory Coast 10- in the opener, but played Norway to a 1-all tie on Thursday in Group B. Maren Mjelde scored the equalizer for Norway on a free of charge kick in the second half.
“We lost track of our plan and when you happen to be up against powerful opponents the score can incredibly immediately grow to be 1-1, and that’s what happened,” German coach Silvia Neid mentioned about the match in Ottawa, Ontario.
Canada, favored in Group A as the hosts, played later that night to a storm-delayed scoreless draw against New Zealand — Canada coach John Herdman’s former group. That came right after a 1- victory over China in the opening match in Edmonton, Alberta.
And the United States on Friday evening played to a – tie with Sweden, led by former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage. The U.S. ladies had opened with a three-1 victory over Australia in Group D, the so-known as “Group of Death.”
“It was like two heavyweights going at it,” Ellis mentioned of the match with Sweden.
The U.S. team’s final match of the group stage comes on Tuesday against Nigeria in Vancouver. Canada heads to Montreal to play the Netherlands on Monday night, right after Germany faces Thailand in Winnipeg earlier in the day.
With 4 points apiece, all 3 teams appear like they’ll get to the knockout stage — it just is not official.
On Saturday, two teams could also be assured spots in the next round. Brazil, which beat South Korea in the opener, faces Spain in Montreal, though France, a 1- winner more than England, plays Colombia in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Canada’s far eastern coast.
Some other happenings at the World Cup:
Massive IN CANADA: The Canadian girls are breaking records when it comes to viewers on Canadian television.
Preliminary information showed that the two.3 million individuals watched Canada play New Zealand to a scoreless draw Thursday night on CTV, TSN and RDS. It broke the record for the most-watched Women’s Planet Cup match — breaking the record set just days prior to when Canada opened the Globe Cup with a 1- victory more than China.
The U.S. women’s three-1 victory more than Australia was the most-watched non-Canadian group stage game ever with 526,000 viewers on TSN and RDS.
THE BEER COMES LATER: A single of the factors the U.S. match was so highly anticipated was due to the fact Sweden coach Pia Sundhage utilised to coach the U.S. women, and U.S. coach Jill Ellis was her assistant. The two are close pals.
Ellis described Sundhage as “a sit-down-have-a-beer sort of friend.”
“Pia’s got extraordinary character and I adore hanging out with her,” Ellis stated. “We’ll be mates for a extended, long time.”
Now that the game is more than, Sundhage was asked if she’d have a drink with pal Ellis.
“It will have to be soon after the Planet Cup,” Sunghage said.
RECAPPING FRIDAY: In addition to the U.S. team’s scoreless tie with Sweden, Australia defeated Nigeria 2- in the earlier match in Group D in Winnipeg. Japan defeated Cameroon 2-1 in Group C in Vancouver, while Switzerland beat Ecuador 10-1.
UP Next: Brazil plays Spain in Montreal followed by South Korea’s match against Costa Rica. Third-ranked France plays Columbia in Moncton, followed by England’s match against Mexico.