After Day 1, we already have a moment of the tournament.
What has been your favorite moment so far?
Sinc is getting ripped apart on the bird app for starting, playing terribly, taking the pen, and missing the pen. Lots of folks questioning whether this tourney will irreparably erode her int’l reputation. Of course, lots of very emotional people saying pretty inflammatory things, but I don’t completely disagree that a bad showing for her as still the centerpiece for Canada could make the end of her career a real crash-and-burn moment. Sad state that the whole world is kinda waking up to what we’ve been experiencing for several years now at the Thorns.
Even saw a reporter online who was upset that she avoided the mixed-zone after the match, which I guess apparently is a required thing for players to walk through (but they don’t have to engage with reporters if they don’t want to.) Rough start to the WC campaign for Captain Canada.
AMC just missed a sitter. Visions of Portland's Swiss Miss.
Nigeria giving Canada all they can handle--scoreless through a half.
Watching in Spanish because reasons.
Sinc fouled in the box, under review. Penalty.
Shame Vilda/EFF are such fucks because boy do I love watching Spain play! The Athanea/Aitana/Esther trio is such a delight, and Alexia didn’t even start this morning.
The way Spain has curated such a unique play style across ages and genders is very cool imo- This team reminds me a lot of the pre-2008 men’s teams even with the missing pieces. They still don’t have a real striker (the men had Villa and Torres, and I’ve never been fully sold on Hermoso for the women) and are prone to overplaying which will probably be their downfall, but they’re a real fun watch.
(Also, "Aitana Bonmati" is just an S-tier soccer star name. Just sounds *right*)
Having only seen Canada-Nigeria I'm trying to not extrapolate the playing style to the tournament as a whole, but caution that our gals may receive the same kind of overtly physical play on display. Last night seemed increasingly aggressive, transitioning to dangerous, most notably in extra time with the attempted tib-fib fracturing of Lawerence's leg. Can she even walk, today?
Recalling 2019 and Spain's continual mugging of Alex Morgan, I hope to hell the refs pay some mind this tournament. I'd like Soph to return home intact, for starters.
On a lighter note, so nice to see good production again--plenty of cameras and field mics, crisp picture make the broadcast more engaging. Plus, I can ID the players!
For whatever reason, Directstream is fighting with whoever controls Fox Sports Network and I could only watch the match on Peacock en Espanol. Hope that doesn't continue tonight, but who can guess? Ole!
Canada w 68% possession and 15 shots but only three on frame.
Nigeria is a solid team. But given the PK miss the CWNT might regret dropping the points.
For me Ary Borges third goal for Brazil with Debinha having two incredible passes to lead to that goal including a back heal assist. So Brazilian! Borges and Pop will be challenging Soph for the Golden Boot and both Brazil and Germany could go pretty far.
Spain and Japan is the game I would love to see but 12:30 AM is pretty late for me.
The Dutch with the US game looks like a battle between two defenses. Both attacks are strong so the best defense will win. I think the US has to win because I can see the Netherlands running up the goals on Vietnam.
Sweden squeaks by on the back of an own goal. The Netherlands looked very sloppy but Portugal more so. And France! Oof! The favorites on day two got their business done, especially Japan, but on day three they all stunk. If this keeps up, the losers' side of the bracket are going to be a huge dropoff in quality and the final could be a blowout.
It's hard to tell which day is which, what with games starting in the middle of the night. I don't about y'all but I have given up and am just DVR'ing everything to watch whenever I can. Here's hoping for a slow week at work.
Woof, the USWNT looked ragged last night. If we keep playing this way we won't go very deep in the tournament.
Why does Vlatko insist on changing his lineup and formation so much? Surely he knows that players need reps together to learn each others' patterns and habits, yes? Like is Savannah DeMelo so much of an upgrade on Ashley Sanchez that it's worth disrupting what little chemistry we have to have her play a game? Ditto for Julie Ertz playing on the back line. There were SO many cases of misunderstanding in this game, where someone would pass the ball to where they thought another player was going to be, and that player had different ideas so we lost the ball. Excepting the first goal, we were disjointed all game long. Better teams will clobber us with that.
Man, what I missed overnight....
Japan go 5-0 over Zambia, whose keeper drew a yellow and a red today.! Zambia have not 1, not 2, but 3 players named Banda. Oh, the Banda branding possibilities are endless. "Getting the Banda back together." "Smokey and the Banda" (if they can convince someone to adopt that nickname). "Banda-Aid." (showing self out now)
England hold off Haiti 1-0 on a pen, after having already missed a pen. Step it up, Lionnesses. Is Lucy Bronze playing for them? You know, Lionness Lucy? (showing self out now)
And then there was this unfortunately, accidentally racist headline printed by ESPN and courtesy of Reuters: Denmark score 89th minute goal to beat Japan in WWC Group D By Reuters Updated: Jul 22, 2023, 07:34 am. No, that was China folks, and it took Denmark into the 89th minute to find the winner.
5-0 Japan at the end (late stoppage time PK by Riko Ueki...Musonda sent off for a second yellow). No Hina in this one...I expect her to play (and possibly start) in the next one. Japan have a lot of depth to play with and will surely be rotating. I don't think Zambia got a single shot off...dominating performance by the Nadeshiko.
4-0 Japan now (71st minute). Miyazawa has a brace now, and Yui Hasegawa just put a great ball in to Jun Endo for #4.
Japan utterly dominating, but getting the worst of several hair's-breadth offside rulings: a second goal called back, then moments later a foul/penalty overruled by another offside.
Then finally a goal stands! 2-0 Japan, 55th minute. Mina Tanaka's third ball in the back of the net...first one to count.
Good half for Japan in the match against Zambia. One very pretty goal on a sweet ball in from Aoba Fujino to Hinata Miyazawa, another called back on a close offside call, and a couple very good saves by Zambia's 'keeper Catherine Musonda. The Nadeshiko dominated possession and kept the ball away from Barbra Banda for the most part. Zambia looked nervy at first but settled into the match by the 20 minute mark. Should be a good second half!
Five games, two upsets so far. (I'm counting the Nigeria-Canada draw as an upset because Canada is the defending Olympic champ, even though Nigeria is a good team.) When will we see the next one?