It’s a story of two World Cup teams on Sunday: Group A is sort of completely undecided by two video games and Group H is underneath agency management after a win by Germany, some of the highly effective groups within the discipline.
The angst is palpable all through Group A. There are a number of eventualities by which any of the 4 groups might advance, and subsequently a number of eventualities by which any of the 4 sees its World Cup come to an abrupt finish. In fact, profitable is the best answer. However underneath some circumstances even that’s not sufficient.
Norway vs. Philippines
This isn’t the World Cup that Norway had in thoughts. After being upset by New Zealand, 1-0, within the event opener, Norway misplaced its star, Ada Hegerberg, minutes earlier than kickoff towards Switzerland, a sport that led to a scoreless draw. These outcomes have left the Norwegians sitting on the backside of Group A, a gaggle they had been anticipating to win.
And if they’re to get by, they’ll have to take action with out Hegerberg, the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner, who was dominated out for the group’s third sport, towards the Philippines.
Norway will need to win and to attain fairly a bit to make it simpler to advance to the spherical of 16, though once more, the eventualities are difficult.
A romp will likely be simpler mentioned than executed — the Philippines are coming off its first purpose and first win within the World Cup in its defeat of New Zealand.
Switzerland vs. New Zealand
New Zealand has skilled most of the highs and lows of a global event condensed within the first week of this World Cup. The Soccer Ferns kicked off their marketing campaign with a shocking upset of Norway in entrance of a house crowd, solely to lose as favorites to the Philippines days later.
Now, New Zealand successfully should win towards Switzerland. The eventualities are black-and-white (or in our case, pink-and-green): win and advance, lose and go residence. There’s restricted potential for a draw to be sufficient, however that will rely on the end result of Norway’s matchup with the Philippines.
Switzerland at present leads Group A, with a win over the Philippines and a draw with Norway. Except the Swiss lose to New Zealand and Norway handily defeats the Philippines by a big margin, Switzerland would advance.
Germany vs. Colombia
Whereas Group A battle it out till the ultimate whistle, Germany is comfortably profitable Group H after trouncing Morocco, 6-0, in its opening match. Having reached the quarterfinals each earlier event, this 12 months seems to be no totally different due to a good draw.
Colombia is capping off a powerful 12 months of worldwide competitors after a runner-up end in final summer season’s Copa América, the place it misplaced the ultimate to Brazil. The Colombians additionally opened their World Cup with a win over South Korea, 2-0. Whereas it’s unlikely they are going to be a match for the Germans, the Colombians are nonetheless in place to advance to the knockout rounds.
South Korea vs. Morocco
South Korea and Morocco are each seeking to bounce again from opening losses. South Korea is the group with extra expertise within the event, having certified 3 times within the final 20 years whereas Morocco is making its debut. The South Koreans have made it to the spherical of 16 solely as soon as earlier than, in 2015. Development for these groups at present seems unlikely, however a dominant win for both aspect might change the outlook for Group H.