Hosts and favourites France secured a second win to top the Group A table but did not offer much to scare their prospective next round opponents. A decent Norwegian side were presumably not quite with it so early after half time when Gauvin nipped into the area to convert a cross. Not ten minutes later the game was level following a French own goal but a VAR assisted penalty gave the home side the win. Elsewhere the Germans earned a second 1-0 win, this time over Spain and Nigeria managed to beat South Korea and probably earn a place in the next round.
What we’ve learned so far is that perspiration has been much more to the fore than inspiration. Organised sides have been able to keep their opponents at bay until they tire and a mistake such as an own goal crops up, of which there have been several. Goals have also flowed later on in matches following cagey opening exchanges. The exceptions have been where teams have forwards of genuine quality, such as Alex Morgan with five goals for the USA and Cristiane with her hat-trick for Brazil.
Today we only have two matches, Australia v Brazil and South Africa v China. Brazil looked good in their 3-0 win over Jamaica but the suspicion is that Jamaica are not much cop. Australia took the lead against Italy but were subject to a last minute comeback from their European opposition. The bookies are struggling to call the first game whereas South Africa are clear outsiders versus China which is probably fair too. Armed with a free bet we’d probably be looking at half time draws with full time wins for the favourites in these games. With three teams in some groups to go through it’s much more important to hold what you have rather than go for the win which does not make for entertaining matches.
Published on: Jun 13, 2019 @ 07:25