Brazil advances, Costa Rica notch late draw with Korea in Group E play
As the Women’s World Cup heads further into group play, we know two things about Group E: 1) Brazil is advancing to yet another knockout stage in the Women’s World Cup and 2) Costa Rica is proving to be a threat in Group E. Brazil advances to the round of 16 after a 1-0 win against Spain this afternoon, and Costa Rica scored the equalizer in the 89th minute to force a 2-2 draw with Korea Republic.
Brazil is doing something this World Cup that we are not used to seeing, and that is lulling their opponents to sleep. What is normally a flashy and technical squad, Brazil has not looked like anything even close to that so far in Canada. Spain had chances late, and if it wasn’t for poor decisions on when to shoot on goal, they might have stunned the Brazilians or at least pulled of a draw. The only goal of the game came off of the foot of Andressa Alves in the 44th minute. If Brazil thinks that Costa Rica is going to just lay down and die on Wednesday, they have another thing coming.
In the second Group E match of the day, the action was a lot more entertaining than that of the Brazil/Spain contest. Costa Rica drew first blood with a Melissa Herrera goal in the 17th minute, but Korea Republic equalized less than five minutes later. Following the equalizer by Ji Soyun, Jeon Gaeul put Korea Republic ahead not four minutes later 2-1. After that point, the action was a back-and-forth affair that didn’t provide much in the way of scoring chances. That is, until the 89th minute. Costa Rica’s Karla Villalobos netted the tying goal off of a brilliant pass and deft touch to the left side of the goal. The upcoming match against Brazil on Wednesday is sure to provide plenty of excitement, and Costa Rica will be looking for a win to seal the No. 2 spot in Group E.
Upcoming Group E Matches
June 17–Brazil vs. Costa Rica
June 17–Spain vs. Korea Republic
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Dustin Brown covers the Women’s World Cup for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.