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Girls’s World Cup Diary: Day 11


We’ve gotten to the enterprise finish of the Group Stage, with Group A ending up their schedule and sending a bunch house earlier than the knockouts for the primary time. However that was overshadowed by probably the most important upset of the match to this point that blows up the draw a bit. Let’s run it via.

Match of the day: Colombia 2 – 1 Germany

That is the most important results of the tourney, most likely extra so than Jamaica holding France to a scoreless draw — even when Colombia have extra pedigree than the Jamaicans. Germany had broadly been predicted to stroll this group, even with Colombia having one of the thrilling younger gamers within the match in Linda Caicedo. And this wasn’t any smash-and-grab the place Colombia simply acquired one nicely positioned counter or one thing. They had been full worth–tactically astute, brash to the purpose of knocking Germany completely off their stride, and ruthless when the time got here. Germany can haven’t any complaints, although they did have a good few for the ref (not completely uncalled for both, however we’ll get to that).

For many of this match, the consequence hinged on how every crew was coping with the opposite’s main mild, each of whom are 21 and beneath. Lena Oberdorf returned to the German crew after lacking their opener, and it was clear that the primary bullet-point on Colombia’s to-do record was to know the place she was always. Colombia’s entrance three with Catalina Usme behind them, particularly heart ahead Mayra Ramirez, had been decided to chop off entry to Oberdorf every time the Germans had been attempting to construct out from the again. The truth is, Colombia sought to disclaim Germany any time in midfield, with each of their double pivot in Lorena Bedoya and Daniela Montoya urgent proper up onto the German #8s. That is what it regarded like a variety of the match:

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Positive, the primary body is off a dropped ball to the German keeper, however there’s Oberdorf bracketed by Colombia. They only weren’t going to let her have the ball.

On the opposite aspect, Germany may have handled the upper Colombia press than they had been anticipating by pushing their fullbacks increased and altering angles. However they had been terrified to do this, fearing what Caicedo and her working buddy on the opposite aspect Girl Andrade would do if given house after a giveaway or a turnover and such. Each German fullbacks clearly had directions to maintain Caicedo in entrance of them.

What you’ll be able to’t actually plan for, and Germany possibly ought to have been a bit extra ready for (contemplating that Eire pulled out the “fuck this” card 20 minutes right into a closed door pleasant with Colombia, as a result of means that Colombia was pushing them all around the area (and outright kicking them)), was how Las Cafeteras had been solely too completely satisfied to get in Germany’s face. Generally lower than cleanly so. Alexandra Popp took a shot within the ribs away from the ball. Klara Bühl acquired an earful from Carolina Arias after getting the ball and most of her decrease physique tackled away from her. For a great portion of the primary half, the story was Colombia flying into Germany, typically actually, in each which means. It was chippy however it was efficient, because the Germans had been undoubtedly listening to footsteps every time that they had greater than a millisecond with the ball.

Colombia pressured Germany to go lengthy, which often isn’t an issue as Alexandra Popp will win most headers up prime. However Colombia was tightly drilled to get to the second balls and shut off any headers via, reducing off Germany’s wingers earlier than they might get there and outworking their midfielders to assert any headers that went backwards.

Getting again to the most important protagonists, the factor about these gamers is you’ll be able to plan for them, you’ll be able to dedicate your ways to stopping them, however 90 minutes is a very long time and there’s most likely going to return a second the place they get free. Caicedo’s got here off a nook within the 53rd minute, and nobody’s going to give you a plan to cease this on any whiteboard:

No biggie, simply discover an alley that’s barely wider than the ball to select the very prime of the very prime nook. As Warren Barton mentioned on the printed, there are World Cup objectives that depend for greater than some extent on the board and can reside eternally. That is a type of, as Caicedo appears to be nitro-boosting herself down the highway to finest participant on this planet sometime quickly.

Nonetheless, Colombia’s livid urgent is the form of factor that’s actually arduous to maintain up for a full match, they usually began to drop off someplace across the seventieth minute. Which meant they misplaced monitor of Oberdorf popping out of midfield. First, she acquired herself within the match with one in all her trademark tackles that may solely be described as MEATY. Right here’s a great angle of it:

After which she misplaced her marker within the 88th minute and latched onto a stunning contact from Lea Schüller, baited the Colombian keeper in, and acquired a nailed-on penalty for Germany to equalize:

So all finished and dusted then. Germany get out of jail, keep in command of the group, Colombia will get a courageous level however stays in second the place they had been usually picked to be. That is what prime tier groups do, discover a means even when they won’t deserve it. It’s what Germany does particularly.

These are all belongings you’d say in case you hadn’t been being attentive to the defiance Colombia performed with all match. Throw in some curious German marking:

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You may see Manuel Vanegas on the penalty spot with no German anyplace close to her, as they’re all marking zonally throughout the six. A crew isn’t anticipating to get beat from a header from 12 yards, however that activity turns into simpler after they have a free run at it. Intelligent little bit of play from Colombia who use the three gamers in entrance of Vanegas to maintain the Germans from getting out to this ball cleanly. However for this reason groups that mark zonally often use the additional gamers to man-mark farther up within the field, to forestall precisely this.

And now the draw will get a bit goofy. Colombia doesn’t have an easy activity of their final sport towards Morocco, however all they want is a draw to win the group. Germany might want to match no matter Morocco does, however are taking a look at getting dumped right into a Spherical of 16 towards any of France, Brazil, and even Jamaica, after which 1 / 4 towards whoever wins the group between Canada, Australia, or Nigeria. Which often is the simpler route than the potential quarter towards England they had been lining up, assuming England may even area a crew by that time.

It was a real pleasure of a match, proper on par with France-Brazil the day earlier than, and a consequence that shakes your entire competitors. And it proves that the actually nice gamers are going to discover a means, regardless of the planning that goes towards them.

Different outcomes: Norway 6 – 0 Philippines

On the opposite aspect of the tactical spectrum, we now have the Philippines. Whereas this was nonetheless a match within the first 20 minutes, there was clearly a plan to play in a low block, and use their two forwards of their 4-4-2 to chop off entry to the midfield and make Norway go broad. However it’s important to listen to do this, and the Philippines frequently lose sight of Vilde Bøe Risa on the base of Norway’s midfield, permitting her to get the ball and switch, which meant she was kicking Norway’s assault into excessive gear persistently, with both a merely five-yard cross or huge switches out to the fullbacks who had been allowed to get ahead as soon as Risa acquired the ball. She may additionally put in crosses like this:

Maybe a variety of sound and ink will probably be related to Caroline Graham Hansen getting pissed off and taking it out on the opposition, after she was dropped to the bench in Norway’s second sport and wasn’t shy about discussing how she felt about it. Which led to this Hadoken:

Recreation. Set. Match.

Norway may think about will spend the time till their Spherical of 16 match placing Ada Hegerberg via a Clockwork Orange fashion therapy to get her in the identical mindset.

Switzerland 0 – 0 New Zealand

This was 90 minutes of Switzerland understanding they didn’t have to placed on a present and daring New Zealand to do it, as a result of they needed to. Particularly as phrase got here down that Norway was tonking the Philippines, New Zealand wanted a aim. However for this reason you don’t lose to the Philippines at house after which assume you will have any proper to undergo.

New Zealand had been no much less toothless towards a Switzerland aspect that principally saved an outstretched hand on their brow. Géraldine Reuteler, Lia Wäitl, and Coumba Sow, the three midfielders behind #10 Romana Bachmann, principally shaped one wall in entrance of Switzerland’s protection, which was forming its personal wall. New Zealand ran out of solutions when groups discovered that their solely actual ploy was to attempt to get Hannah Wilkinson in behind, which Norway allow them to do with ease. As soon as that dried up, there was nothing. Three photographs on the right track in a sport they needed to win just about tells the entire story, and even within the eightieth minute the Ferns weren’t throwing a large number of gamers ahead. It’s harsh, however they acquired what they deserved.

Morocco 1 – 0 Korea Republic

Some wins don’t actually have to be damaged down tactically or statistically, they imply greater than that:

Not solely the primary Arab nation to qualify, however the first to notch a win. For nations like Morocco that have really invested a lot into their program, you’d need them to have tangible markers to why it’s value it and to drive the work that comes forward. Effectively, right here you go.

Purpose of the Day 

Hansen’s belter would have received this on most days. Haug’s looped volley to open the scoring for Norway would too. Ibtissam Jraidi’s would on one other day merely for it’s that means. However come on…

Know her now and for a great lengthy whereas.

Did Alexei Lalas say something silly?

Eh, it’s the weekend and I gave myself a break from listening to halftime exhibits or pregame. You may solely take a lot, y’know? Nonetheless loads of time to go. 

Observe Sam on Twitter @Felsgate and on Bluesky @felsgate.bsky.social

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