2019 World Cup at The Toffee Club - Week One in Review
As we reach the end of the first round of games, we speak to marketing assistant Aimee Olivas about the tournament so far.
The USA finished the first round of games on Tuesday with a resounding 13-0 win over Thailand, reminding us why they are the reigning champs. Today all teams kick off their second round of group stage matches, and we will be showing all of them throughout the week.
In case you missed it:
Host, France opened the 2019 World Cup in a game where they dominated the Korea Republic with a 4-0 win. Two HEADER goals by center back Wendie Renard sent a clear message to all that they’re looking for a World Cup trophy on home turf.
Germany narrowly won their match against China with a single goal from 19-year-old Giulia Gwinn. Unfortunately they will lose star Dzsenifer Marozsan who suffered a broken toe from her first game.
Spain won their first World Cup victory against a fighting South African team 3-1, with two of Spain’s goals coming from penalties.
I listed her on my Top Ten Players to watch and it’s time you remember the name - Barbara Bonansea! In what was probably one of the most shocking games of the week, she gave Italy a win over Australia in their return to the World Cup stage after 20 years.
Argentina had never earned a single point in the World Cup until Monday. They did it in fashion during their kickoff match by effectively defending against last World Cup runner up Japan. They have a lot to be proud of regardless of what happens moving forward.
The USA finished the first set of matches for all groups with 13-0 win over Thailand, breaking some records along the way.
Look forward to:
Spain v Germany: The top 2 teams in the Group B square off. Germany goes without their star player Dzsenifer Marozsan, but Spain will need a huge tactical improvement because penalties just don’t come that often.
Australia vs Brazil: Australia is going to want to make up for their disappointing opening performance against Italy. They face off against a very fast Brazilian team who is regaining their confidence after a 3-0 win against Jamaica.
France vs Norway: Another top two in their group. As much as we would like to continue talking about the absence of superstar Ada Hagerberg, the focus needs to shift to what Norway must do to stop the dominant attack of the host team.
USA vs Chile: All Eyes on the USA is right, we continue to watch the USA as they absolutely dominate the group stage. This time, however, they face Christiane Endler who many argue is the best goalkeeper in the tournament. I believe this team will do a lot better than Thailand against the reigning champs but the reality is that they face a very experienced team in the USA.
Keep an eye on our schedule page for the full lineup of games and opening times.