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World Cup Recap: Match Day Four

Four more matches for the 2015 World Cup on the fourth day of the tournament.

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Match Day Four is in the books for the 2015 World Cup and for as exciting as Match Day Three was, Match Day four was a bit of a let down.  There were 17 goals yesterday and today there were a mere eight goals.

The Daily Recaps:

France 1:0 England--Moncton, New Brunswick

The French are one of the fancied sides in this World Cup and they played a resolute, if not a bit boring, English side that seemed destined to park the bus at all costs.  France was able to find the break through in the first half on a heck of a strike from Eugenie Le Sommer and that was all that was needed.  France had a number of other chances throughout the game but could not find a second goal.  But England rarely threatened and France won easily.

Spain 1:1 Costa Rica--Montreal, Quebec

For large portions of this match there was a tendency to want to poke your eyes out as neither team was able to generate much on the offensive end.  Both goals were scored within a minute of each other, but largely it was a boring affair.  The Spanish had multiple chances to bring more goals to the party, but at the end of the day they were thwarted and had to settle for a share of the points.

Columbia 1:1 Mexico--Moncton, New Brunswick

Wow, it really looked like Mexico was going to win this one.  El Tri won the statistical battle but were punished by not converting the chances they had and Columbia was able to grab a share of the points late on in the match.  But the draw may end up being crucial for both teams in Group F with as many as three teams making the knock out round.

Brazil 2:0 Korea Republic--Montreal, Quebec

The Brazilians were never really threatened by the Koreans who were outplayed by Marta and the rest of the Brazilian squad.  Remember that this was a Korean team who held the USWNT to a scoreless draw in the final game of the send off series.  This result may be a wake up call to the rest of the field that Brazil is here to play and win this whole thing.  And if they did win it would they have six stars on their shirt?

Wednesday is a rest day but Thursday has four matches on tap:

Germany vs Norway--Ottawa, Ontario 2:00 PM MDT

China vs Netherlands--Edmonton, Alberta  4:00 PM MDT

Ivory Coast vs Thailand--Ottawa, Ontario  5:00 PM MDT

Canada vs New Zealand--Edmonton, Alberta 7:00 PM MDT