Group Stage – Day 11 Preview – Sport Grill


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Preview for day 11 of 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup as second round of group games conclude, whilst the final round of group action commences.

In a packed day, Group H will bring the second round of group matches to a close as South Korea face Morocco whilst Germany take on a difficult task against Colombia.

Group A meanwhile kick off their final round of action with Switzerland, New Zealand, Norway and Philippines all in action, as the first specific knockout placings are determined.

 

Group H – South Korea vs Morocco

After a disappointing defeat against Colombia where they failed to offer much in terms of attacking quality, South Korea need a huge step up in performance especially at the back after poor marking and goalkeeping proved their downfall.

Morocco meanwhile were given a brutal masterclass by Germany in how to play at a World Cup, with a series of defensive errors and inability to deal with crosses deservedly punished yet their attack was promising amidst a lack of intensity and clear communication in build-up of their attacks.

Much of this game though does feel like it hinges upon an improved attack at both ends of the pitch, and my instinct has to be on Morocco now that debut nerves are done so they can now focus upon showing the quality which brought them to this tournament.

Prediction: South Korea 0-1 Morocco

 

Group A – Norway vs Philippines

With no goals in their opening two matches and sat bottom of Group A, 1995 champions – Norway certainly face a huge uphill struggle if they want to stand any chance at Qualifying for the knockout stages.

Hege Riise’s Norwegians though can take heart from how well they defended against Switzerland to earn a point, despite lacking much clinical end product to their attacks which must click and ideally for the first goal if want to keep their hopes alive.

Philippines meanwhile delivered a huge improvement to stun New Zealand so I do expect them to come into this match full of confidence, especially given their threat from set pieces and pace in their counter-attacking press.

I though do feel like the opening goal will be vital because if Norway score first, I can see them kicking on as long as results elsewhere go in their favour, otherwise I think that Philippines will fancy their chances at springing a shock if they can get in front.

Either way, this match does have the look of a cagey battle in store because one goal could well be decisive to the outcome of not just this match but the group as a while, but something in me thinks it might end in a draw.

Prediction: Norway 1-1 Philippines

 

Group A – Switzerland vs New Zealand

After clinically dispatching Philippines in their opening game, Switzerland will be slightly disappointed to have not secured qualification against Norway despite delivering an excellent attacking press, although a lack of intensity in their end product proved their biggest issue.

New Zealand likewise had the same issue up front in their own end product but roared on by a strong home crowd, I do fancy them to be up for this game yet their defence is their Achilles Heel as proved the case in their defeat to the Philippines.

That defence could well prove the difference betwee qualification and the dishonour of becoming the host nation to exit at the Group Stage, and I can’t help but feel that it could well be the latter if Switzerland show more of their clinical quality.

Prediction: Switzerland 2-1 New Zealand

 

Group H – Germany vs Colombia

Currently locked on three points apiece after recording ruthless wins over Morocco and South Korea in their opening games, Germany and Colombia can come into this match ready to stake their claim to top Group H.

This group however does feel like it is Germany’s to lose after putting six goals past Morocco, although their attacking press and intensity does look dangerous but their defence could well face its first proper test if Colombia play with the same intensity which clinically beat South Korea.

Throw in referee – Melissa Borjas who likes to dish out bookings and this clash could well get fiery if both teams bring their best game, yet you would be surprised if Germany fail to win this somehow.

Prediction: Germany 2-1 Colombia



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