As I am gearing up for our matches tomorrow in Edmonton, two other groups wrapped their group play today and four more teams made it to the knock out round that begins on June 20.
The Match Day Eight Recap:
Thailand 0:4 Germany
The Germans are one of the favorites of this World Cup and showed it as they pounded Thailand and won their group with a 2-0-1 record and a +14 goal differential. Yeah, they are good. As for Thailand, they took third in the group and still have a chance to advance to the knock out round with a 1-0-2 record and a -7 goal diff.
Ivory Coast 1:3 Norway
The 1995 champions booked their ticket into the knock out round with a comprehensive, if not a bit boring, victory over Ivory Coast . Norway has had a solid group stage with a 2-0-1 record with a +6 GD whereas Ivory Coast goes home winless, but can take solace in the fact that aside from the Germany game they were a -3 GD. (They got waxed 10-0 by Germany)
Netherlands 1:1 Canada
Look, if I am Canada I am not feeling good. Sure, we won the group, but we have really played kind of terrible. The Canadians have a lot of work to do if they are to convince that they are a worthy World Cup contender. But they won the group, so all is good right? (not so much). Netherlands takes third in the group and is hoping for the right results to qualify for the knock out round.
China 2:2 New Zealand
Oh China. You totally could have and should have won this one. Oh New Zealand, you totally should have won this one. At the end of the day a draw was the result and it sent the kiwis home and China grabbing second in their group. The entire group was tightly contested and this draw was indicative of this.
For Match Day Nine there are four more matches including:
Ecuador vs Japan--Winnipeg, Manitoba (3:00 PM MDT)
Switzerland vs Cameroon--Edmonton, Alberta (3:00 PM MDT)
Nigeria vs United States--Vancouver, British Columbia (6:00 PM MDT)
Australia vs Sweden--Edmonton, Alberta (6:00 PM MDT)