WWC Today: Path to semifinals opens up for USA

After surviving the Group of Death, the USA has a clear path to the semifinals at the Women's World Cup. Things look a lot easier with a round-of-16 match against Colombia on Monday in Edmonton and a potential quarterfinal game next Friday in Ottawa against the China-Cameroon winner.



That's a lot easier than what European champion Germany faces before a possible battle of women's superpowers in the semifinals as it must play Sweden and likely France on the road to the semifinals in Montreal.

Up Next:
JUNE 20
Germany vs. Sweden | China vs. Cameroon
JUNE 21
Brazil vs. Australia | France vs. South Korea | Canada vs. Switzerland
JUNE 22
Norway vs. England | USA vs. Colombia
JUNE 23
Japan vs. Netherlands

The final berth in the Women's World Cup was not decided until the final kick of the group stage as Spain's Sonia Bermudez hit her free kick off the crossbar. If she had scored, Spain would have tied South Korea, 2-2, and finished tied with Costa Rica for second place in Group E, necessitating the first drawing of lots in Women's World Cup history. Instead, South Korea, which had rallied from 1-0 down, won, 2-1, to capture its first-ever Women's World Cup game win and advance to the final 16.

Earlier on Wednesday, France won Group F, beating Mexico, 5-0, to finish ahead of England on goal difference. The English, 2-1 winners over Colombia, have now reached the knockout stage of all World Cups in which they have played but will be seeking their first win when they play Norway on Monday.

Colombia dropped to third place with the loss to England and will play the USA as the best of the four third-place teams. Las Cafeteras will be without star goalkeeper Sandra Sepulveda, who picked up her second yellow card of the tournament in the England game and will be suspended.



Just two teams finished the group stage unbeaten and untied: Brazil, which has not lost a game in the group stage in 20 years, and Japan. Three of the eight first-time entrants -- Cameroon, the Netherlands and Switzerland -- survived the first round.

Final 16:
GROUP WINNERS:
PTS TEAM W-T-L
9 (E) Brazil
3-0-0 4/0
9 (C) Japan 3-0-0 4/1
7 (B) Germany 2-1-0 15/1
7 (D) USA 2-1-0 4/1
6 (F) France 2-0-1 6/2
5 (A) Canada 1-2-0 2/1

GROUP RUNNERS-UP:
PTS TEAM W-T-L
7 (B) Norway 2-1-0 8/2
6 (C) *Cameroon 2-0-1 9/3
6 (F) England 2-0-1 4/3
4 (D) Australia 1-1-1 4/4
4 (A) China 1-1-1 3/3
4 (E) South Korea 1-1-1 4/5

THIRD-PLACE TEAMS
PTS TEAM W-T-L
4 (F) Colombia 1-1-1 4/3
4 (A) *Netherlands 1-1-1 2/2
3 (C) *Switzerland 1-0-2 11/4
3 (D) Sweden 0-3-0 4/4
* First-time entrant.

First Round:
GROUP A
PTS TEAMS W-T-L GF/GA
5 *Canada 1-2-0 2/1
4 *China 1-1-1 3/3
4 *Netherlands 1-1-1 2/2
2 New Zealand 0-2-1 2/3
*Clinched berth in round of 16.

GROUP B
PTS TEAMS W-T-L GF/GA
7 *Germany
2-1-0 15/1
7 *Norway 2-1-0 8/2
3 Thailand 1-0-2 3/10
0 Ivory Coast 0-0-3 3/16
*Clinched berth in round of 16.

GROUP C
PTS TEAMS W-T-L GF/GA
9 *Japan
3-0-0 4/1
6 *Cameroon 2-0-1 9/3
3 *Switzerland 1-0-2 11/4
0 Ecuador 0-0-3 1/17
*Clinched berth in round of 16.

GROUP D
PTS TEAMS W-T-L GF/GA
7 *USA
2-1-0 4/1
4 *Australia 1-1-1 4/4
3 Sweden 0-3-0 4/4
1 Nigeria 0-1-2 3/6
*Clinched berth in round of 16.

GROUP E
PTS TEAMS W-T-L GF/GA
9 *Brazil
3-0-0 4/0
4 *South Korea 1-1-1 4/5
2 Costa Rica 0-2-0 3/4
1 Spain 0-1-2 2/4
*Clinched berth in round of 16.

GROUP F
PTS TEAMS W-T-L GF/GA
6 *France 2-0-1 6/2
6 *England 2-0-1 4/3
4 *Colombia 1-1-1 4/3
1 Mexico 0-1-2 2/8
*Clinched berth in round of 16.
2 comments about "WWC Today: Path to semifinals opens up for USA".
  1. Michelle Wichlac, June 18, 2015 at 8:49 a.m.

    USA do not think for one minute that the next game is a piece of cake. Don't forget that Colombia did beat France in group play.

  2. Michael Saunders, June 18, 2015 at 5:46 p.m.

    Spot on Michelle... In the first place no team should ever be taken for granted. Secondly, the U.S. midfield has yet to demonstrate the form required to be competitive enough to dominate a game. Having said that, I do expect the U.S. to be victorious since the one person who could steal a game is a goalkeeper and Colombia's #1 is sitting this one out. Still I agree that the U.S. needs to them seriously.

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