As we kick off the third week of the 2019 World Cup, here is Team Toffee member Aimee Olivas’ week two recap.
The group stage matches are behind us, ending with drama as teams were fighting for the final spots in the Round of 16. The USA in particular wanted their revenge against Sweden after their early elimination three years ago at the Rio Olympics.
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Brazil fought hard to get three points against Italy with a record-breaking goal (Marta’s 17th goal in a World Cup is the most scored by any athlete male or female). Goal differential only got them as far as third place, however, and now they will face host France in the knockout rounds. The good news for Brazil is that Marta and Cristiane looked strong in the matchup, while France has left us wondering about their last two performances.
Sam Kerr scored four goals to help Australia get second place.
Jamaica goes winless and is eliminated, but their journey from funding issues to their first World Cup appearance is something that inspired the world.
Argentina showed game after game that they are warriors. After earning their first point ever in the matchup against Japan, they then held England to only one goal. The best story of all was going 3-0 down to Scotland and rallying back to a 3-3 draw. Argentina scored two goals, then earned a penalty kick that was at first saved but then retaken thanks to VAR. A successful second attempt earned La Albiceleste another point in their World Cup campaign. They became the first team to ever fight back through a 3-goal deficit, leaving a window of hope to advance to the round of 16 and most importantly earning the respect and hearts of everyone that saw them play. Eventually, they were eliminated but this team showed up big time to their World Cup return.
Chile, a team who faced a challenging journey to the World Cup, gave us a tournament to remember. This was especially thanks to the heroics of their captain and goalkeeper Christiane Endler. Chile needed three goals against Thailand to make it through to the next round. They almost had it but a penalty kick that hit the crossbar and no additional goals in stoppage time sent them home. The hope now that they’re back is that their federation noticed the potential this young team has and they will receive the support they need for future.
Knockout stages begin today, Saturday, June 22nd. Check our schedule page for full details, we will be showing every game of the 2019 World Cup.
Bring it on!