As the group stages wrap-up we see who is emerging as the top teams in the 2015 Women’s World Cup as they prepare for the knock-out rounds. Today one of the tournament favorites, Germany, attempt to recover from a disappointing draw and say goodbye to newcomers Ivory Coast.
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Thailand v. Germany
4:00 PM– FOX
Winnipeg Stadium – Winnipeg
Germany was expected to have already secured a first place finish in Group B heading into their last group game, but as it currently stands neither of these two teams have secured a knockout stage berth or earned eliminated. Germany and Norway are tied for first place, but Germany currently holds the first place position on goal differential. With a win over Ivory Coast in the team’s last game, Thailand sit in third place with three points.
The German offense appeared to be out of ideas against Norway, and were able to convert only 1 of their 27 shots. Against Thailand’s defense they should be able to continue their trend of dominating possession and chances on net. Despite not scoring goals, Germany still has an intimidating and powerful front line. Thailand keeper Waraporn Boonsing, will once again have her hands full but she has shown that she can come up with some impressive saves through her team’s first two games.
The German’s need to return to strong flank play and not rely solely on Anja Mittag and Célia Šašić to provide up front. In her first game in the tournament, Dzsenifer Marozsán looked slightly off and lacked a clean touch. Expected an improved performance for the dominating midfielder. Thailand has nothing to lose; a single point from this game would most certainly get them into the knockout round.
Côte d’Ivoire v. Norway
4:00 PM – FOX Sports 1
Moncton Stadium – Moncton
If Norway hope to jump over Germany for the first place in Group B, they will need to win and score a handful of goals in the process. A minimum of six goals will be required at the moment. Fortunately for them they are playing an Ivory Coast team that has given up 13 goals in their first two games.