There are only three big games left in Round of 16, and two of them happen tonight, on Monday June 22. After the five matches that already occurred this weekend for the Women’s World Cup 2015, everyone is pining after those spots in the quarterfinal.
First, there is the Norway vs. England match. People are saying that this is the toughest game to predict; the two teams haven’t faced off in a World Cup match since 1995! The winner of this match will proceed to face Canada in the quarterfinals.
Norway’s 19-year-old superstar, Ada Hegerberg, is the player to watch, plus Solveig Gulbrandsen, whose strong attacks are incredibly valuable to the Norwegian team. Plus, history indicates that Norway will take this one, as they have always been a strong force in the World Cup. England, on the other hand, always seems to qualify for the quarterfinal but never makes it any further.
However, experts are pointing out that England has only been improving as they’ve moved forward. We would say that Laura Bassett is crucial on defense in keeping Norway from scoring and if Karen Carney can work some of that magic we saw during the England vs. Mexico match, we might have a very close game on our hands.
Then later on Monday, the USA will go up against Colombia. There has been some trash talk about this match, with Colombia claiming that the USA has disrespected them by underestimating their abilities as a team. However, USA midfielder, Megan Rapino denied this claim, stating that team USA respects all of the other teams competing in this World Cup.
Rapino said, “I don’t think it is any fluke that they beat France,” explaining that the USA has no reason to underestimate the Colombian team.
Nonetheless, many fans believe that the US team, including Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone, can take on the Colombian team, whose win over France was downplayed slightly after the South Americans lost to England.
We can’t deny, however, that there is a lot of animosity between these two teams, with Colombian player Lady Andrade giving USA’s Abby Wambach a black eye in the 2012 Olympics. Wambach claims to have moved forward without giving it much thought (especially considering that the USA won that match), but does the Colombian team still feel a rivalry with team USA?
What are your predictions for tonight’s Round of 16 matches?