On day six of this year's Women’s World Cup, we saw the conclusion of the first round of
opening fixtures in all of the groups as Colombia took on South Korea in Group H. We also
saw the second round of fixtures get underway in Group A as New Zealand hosted The
Philippines and Switzerland faced off against Norway.
There were no dominant score lines like we saw on day 5 however there was a shock result in there.
Here is the round up... Colombia vs South Korea
With both countries being World Cup debutants, a tight game was predicted to conclude the
opening round of fixtures. South Korea started the game the better but two quickfire goals from Catalina Usme and Linda Caicedo secured in the end an easy 2-0 win for Colombia giving them a huge leap of confidence to potentially qualify for the round of 16.
Despite starting the game well, the Koreans started to find 18-year-old Real Madrid youngster Linda Caicedo difficult to deal with and after 30 minutes the deadlock was finally broken. The Colombians were awarded a penalty after a handball in the box, Usme stepped up and sent Young-Geul Yoon the wrong way, taking her to 39 goals for her country.
After the penalty blow, South Korea failed to recover, in attempting to get up the pitch it was clear they lacked any killer instinct in the final third. Meaning a second goal for Colombia quickly followed from who else but Caicedo. She made a darting run down the left flank and fired a shot on target and the Korean keeper had an absolute howler by letting the ball go through her.
From this point on Colombia cruised comfortably to victory and they will be looking to build on their winning start when they take on Germany on Sunday. Meanwhile South Korea will have a lot to work on, particularly in front of goal when they face Morocco.
New Zealand vs Philippines
After an incredible opening day victory over Norway, New Zealand were looking to secure their place in the round of 16 with a win over the Philippines. However, The Football Ferns couldn’t find a way past the tournament debutantes and they actually lost 1-0.
The only goal of the game came from Sarina Bolden in the 24th minute. The 27-year-old midfielder headed in from Sara Kristine Eggesvik’s cross giving the Philippines their first ever goal in a World Cup.
After the goal, New Zealand looked to bounce back at the end of the half and nearly did through Jacqui Hand but she fired a shot high and wide. The Ferns continued dominating after the break with Hannah Wilkinson, Jacqui Hand going close. Hand did have the ball in the net at one point but it was ruled out for offside by VAR.
The hosts still have a good chance of qualifying for the round of 16, as long as they get a result against Switzerland next Sunday.
Switzerland vs Norway
The game in which Norway needed to win, ended up playing out as a 0-0 draw, leaving Group A wide open as to who will qualify for the round of 16 next Sunday.
Star striker for Norway Ada Hegerberg pulled out of the starting XI just minutes before kick-off due to illness was nearly forgotten as her replacement Sophie Roman Haug latched onto Thea Bjelde’s delivery but her header was stopped by the Swiss keeper Gaelle Thalmann.
The Swiss then went close to opening the scoring themselves through Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic but her powerful effort flew narrowly over the bar.
The second half played out pretty similar to the first, both teams were going for it but no one could find that killer pass or killer shot to break the deadlock, so the game ended 0-0. Meaning both sides had to settle for a point which Switzerland will be a lot happier about as they look down on the others at the top of Group A. Hege Riise’s side knows nothing but a win is needed on Sunday over the Philippines to potentially see them avoid a first WWC group stage exit since 2011.