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WWC 2023 Day 11: Round-Up

We saw the end of the second round of fixtures as Morocco beat South Korea and Colombia pulled off an incredible win to beat Germany. We also saw the conclusion of Group A where Switzerland and Norway booked their places in the round of 16.

South Korea vs Morocco

With both sides failing to win their opening game in Group H, this game had a lot of significance. After suffering a heavy 6-0 defeat to Germany in their opening game Morocco surely were there for the taking for South Korea however that's not how this fixture panned out.

Morocco won the game 1-0 in Adelaide, the only goal of the game came after just six minutes as Ibtissam Jraidi flicked a header past the Korean keeper off the back of Hanane Ait El Haj’s cross.

 

Despite competing in their third successive World Cup, South Korea looked inexperienced and failed to create any real clear cut chances, meaning Morocco held on for their first ever win at a FIFA Women’s World Cup in their history.

 

Germany vs Colombia

After winning their opening game 6-0 against Morocco, Germany looked in fine form and their next challenge came from Colombia who also won their first game 2-0 and had lethal weapon Linda Caicedo fit and ready to go despite concerns about an illness in the week.


And after a thrilling fixture, it was the Colombians who produced one of the greatest shocks in Women’s World Cup history by beating the Germans 2-1 after a 97th minute winner from Manuela Vanegas.


The first half wasn’t too lively, Germany dominated possession but failed to really test the Colombian keeper. The Colombians were physical and continued to frustrate the Germans.

The second half began with a lot more intensity from both sides, and it took a moment of brilliance from 18-year-old Real Madrid winger Linda Caicedo to break the deadlock. The ball fell to her in the box and she showed tremendous footwork to beat two German defenders before curling a beautiful effort into the top right hand corner of the goal, the German keeper had no chance. What a goal to score to give your side a 1-0 lead within seven minutes of the restart.

 

Germany had numerous chances to equalise but Colombia were defending admirably however, in the 89th minute Alexandra Popp stepped up from the penalty spot to level the game after Perez brought down Lena Oberdorf inside the area.

 

But the Colombians weren’t to accept a point, they wanted all three and they got them in the 97th minute. Vanegas headed home from a corner to be the unlikely hero for her nation and more importantly secure an incredible victory for her side to send them top of Group H.

 

Norway vs Philippines

Not too much to say about this fixture other than the fact Norway finally showed that they can score goals and can produce on the world stage after facing huge amounts of criticism for the way they performed in their opening two games. They battered the Philippines 6-0 and did enough to secure a place in the round of 16.

The Grasshoppers took the lead within six minutes thanks to Roman Haug, who fired a volley past a helpless Olivia McDaniel and it went in off the post. Hege Riise’s side were in complete control and just ten minutes later it was 2-0, again Roman Haug headed home for her second of the game.

 

After being benched in the previous fixture, Barcelona forward Caroline Graham Hansen proved why she should be starting as after picking the ball up from 30 yards out she took aim and found the bottom left corner with a tremendous effort to give Norway a 3-0 lead before half time.

 

The message at the break from Riise was clear from the way Norway started the second half, The Grasshoppers new found energy and goal scoring nature saw them get two goals in 5 minutes to make it 5-0, the 4th was an own goal and then Guro Reiten stepped up from the penalty spot after being tripped over in the box herself by Alicia Barker.

 

Philippines had no real control in the game whatsoever and it went from bad to worse after Sofia Harrison was sent off after a bad challenge on Thea Bjelde. And then Roman Haug secured her hat-trick late on to give Norway a 6-0 lead and a place in the knockout stages.

 

Switzerland vs New Zealand

This game lacked in quality and in the end a 0-0 draw saw New Zealand become the first ever host nation of a FIFA Women’s World Cup to be knocked out of the tournament at the group stages. The Swiss were resolute in their defending and limited New Zealand to pretty much nothing.

 

The Football Ferns were being roared by an electric crowd in the Forsyth Barr Stadium, and they started the game very brightly, they took control of possession and were looking to score. And due to Norway scoring two early goals in the other fixture the pressure was on.

Jacqui Hand went closest in the first half for New Zealand as her looping effort beat the Swiss keeper but it agonisingly clipped the woodwork.

 

In the second half, The Swiss remained solid and defence and despite doing everything they could New Zealand just couldn’t break them down and it ended up being a point a piece, and due to the Norway score, it saw New Zealand bow out of the tournament.

 

However, New Zealand can take a lot away from this World Cup, they got their best ever tally of 4 points in the group stages and they of course secured their nations first ever win at a World Cup for both men and women which is incredible. Switzerland are yet to concede a goal all tournament (so far) and they progress to the round of 16 for just the second time.

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