MANILA, Philippines – With Switzerland and Norway making it through, the round of 16 is beginning to take shape. Sunday greetings! The Women’s World Cup saw a historic day, with Colombia handing Germany their first group-stage defeat since 1995. New Zealand made history by becoming the first host nation to not make it past the group stage. Additionally, Morocco won a game in the competition, becoming the first Arab nation to do so. I’m Pardeep Cattry, and this is a summary of a hectic day in Australia.
World Cup 2023 Important information
Germany is shocked by Colombia: In the day’s final game, Colombia stunned Germany, pulling off the biggest upset of the tournament so far. The Germans dominated practically all statistics, but Colombia was the first to score thanks to another incredible goal from teenage phenom Linda Caicedo in the 52nd minute. With increased effort, Germany was awarded a penalty, which Alexandra Popp successfully converted in the 89th minute. Throughout extra time, Colombia had several opportunities to score, and Manuela Vanegas’ goal from a corner in the 97th minute sealed the unexpected triumph.
Ibtissam Jraidi’s goal in the sixth minute gave newcomers Morocco their first World Cup victory earlier in the group stage. The more seasoned South Korea controlled possession but wasted opportunities up top, suffering their second consecutive defeat. Germany will attempt to bounce back against South Korea and get the points they need to secure a round-of-16 ticket, while Colombia now leads the group and only needs a draw against Morocco to advance.
Despite the ups and downs each team in Group A had, the initial favorites to proceed to the knockout rounds, Switzerland and Norway, succeeded. Ada Hegerberg was injured, therefore Norway defeated the Philippines with six goals to earn their first World Cup victory. In Group A, Sophie Roman Haug’s hat-trick and Caroline Graham Hansen’s goal in her comeback match propelled Norway from fourth to second place. Switzerland defeated New Zealand to win the division.
Finals for Groups B and C: The action begins tomorrow as Spain and Japan compete for first place in Group C; Spain would win a tie on goal differential. Both teams will face their first significant test of the World Cup. Against Zambia and Costa Rica, they displayed offensive skill, but to win, they will need to show defensive structure.
The most important game of the day will take place later in Group B between Canada and Australia. Following Nigeria’s victory over Australia the previous week, Canada and Australia may now compete for the final knockout spot if Ireland and Nigeria draw even. Although Australia might possibly have top striker Sam Kerr available for the crucial match, Canada too only needs a draw.
Women’s World Cup 2023 latest and updated results
- Group H: South Korea 0, Morocco 1
- Group A: Norway 6, Philippines 0
- Group A: Switzerland 0, New Zealand 0
- Group H: Germany 1, Colombia 2
Fixtures – Monday, July 31, 2023
- All times U.S./Eastern
- Group C: Japan vs. Spain, 3 AM
- Group C: Costa Rica vs. Zambia, 3 AM
- Group B: Canada vs. Australia, 6 AM
- Group B; Ireland vs. Nigeria, 6 AM