I was away for the weekend and was at a place with zero internet. Yep. No internet. It was an interesting experience for sure and reminded me of what it was like to be a kid. Alas, I could not put together a World Cup recap until now, but we here at Burgundy Wave are going to do our best in covering the World Cup up in Canada. (Including a trip up there later this week)
Here is the recap from Match Day Three:
Sweden 3:3 Nigeria--Winnipeg, Manitoba
This was a hell of a match. It was everything that you would want in a football match. Sweden took a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes and although the score was clearly in their favor, it did not look like a secure margin. And that was proved after the break as Nigeria scored twice within three minutes to level the score at 2. Sweden took the lead and it appeared that they were on their way to all three points, but in the 87th minute, Nigeria equalized to gain a well deserved share of the points.
Cameroon 6:0 Ecuador--Vancouver, British Columbia
Well, at least Ecuador did not give up the extra point. A hat-trick and three penalty kick goals led the Indomitable Lady Lions to their first ever victory in their first World Cup. It was a close match until the 34th minute when Cameroon opened up the scoring and from there the goals flowed. They scored in the 34th, 36th, 44th, 73rd, 79th, and 90th minute and three of those were PK's. Hard to say if Cameroon is that good or Ecuador is that bad.
United States of America 3:1 Australia--Winnipeg, Manitoba
The scoreline would indicate that the USWNT was dominate, but this would be false. For large portions of this match the US was second best and it took until late in the match that the USA was finally able to put Australia away. Megan Rapione came away with a brace, but Hope Solo was the hero for the the US as she made many crucial saves to preserve the victory. The key point: The USA did not play their best and they came away with all three points.
Japan 1:0 Switzerland
The defending World Champions started their title defense with a 1:0 victory over Switzerland that was a bit deceiving. Japan was helped by an absolutely terrible PK call that led to their goal. Although the call was complete bunk, the Swiss had their chances to equalize and could not find that goal. They had chance after chance and just could not get the ball on frame. Not the best performance by Japan, but they will take the three points and move on.
In Match Day Four, there are a total of four games on tap:
France vs England--Moncton, New Brunswick at 11:00 AM MDT (FOX)
Spain vs Costa Rica--Montreal, Quebec at 2:00 PM MDT (Fox Sports 1)
Columbia vs Mexico--Moncton, New Brunswick at 2:00 PM MDT (FOX)
Brazil vs Korea Republic--Montreal, Quebec at 5:00 PM MDT (Fox Sports 1)