A very exciting Match Day Seven greeted World Cup fans as we were treated to four more matches, a hell of an upset, England figuring out how to score and a favorite booking their place in the knock out round.
The Match Day Seven recap:
France 0:2 Columbia--Moncton, New Brunswick
Say What?!? France, one of the more fancied teams in the tournament, and a favorite to win the whole thing, dropped a shock result to a Columbian team that had never won a match at the World Cup. Again, Columbia had never won a match. After the first match for France, they looked like they were in the drivers seat to advance to the round of 16. Of course, they still have a shot at it, but their road just got a lot more interesting.
Brazil 1:0 Spain--Montreal, Quebec
Brazil booked their ticket to the knock out round with a 1-0 victory over a Spain team that played inspired football and certainly had their chances. However, it was all for not as they were unable to find an equalizer despite controlling large portions of the match. Spain faces a must win on Wednesday in an attempt to proceed to the knock out round.
England 2:1 Mexico--Moncton, New Brunswick
England scored! England scored! England scored! It was a good game for England as they finally got on the score sheet and climbed from dead last in their group to a surprise second place. England has a massive game against an upstart Columbian side to clinch a spot in the next round, but this victory makes their road much, much easier.
Korea 2:2 Costa Rica--Montreal, Quebec
Holy Cow! What an exciting end to a match that the fans at the Big O saw. Korea looked like they were heading for a 2-1 victory, but Costa Rica pulled one back in the 87th minute to share the points. The tie leaves Costa Rica in second while Korea dropped to fourth in Group E.
Sunday is a rest day, but on Monday there are four more matches including:
Thailand vs Germany--Winnipeg, Manitoba (2:00 PM MDT)
Ivory Coast vs Norway--Moncton, New Brunswick (2:00 PM MDT)
Netherlands vs Canada--Montreal, Quebec (5:30 PM MDT)
China vs New Zealand--Winnipeg, Manitoba (5:30 PM MDT)