2015 WWC Group E Update

9 Jun

Group E
Two debuts and a handful of historic goals in Group E action in Montreal today! Spain and Costa Rica played to a 1-1 draw. Spain’s Vicky Losada opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a slick spin-and-shoot goal, but she and her teammates hardly had time to celebrate. Costa Rica’s Raquel Rodriguez grabbed the equalizer immediately. She would also receive player of the match honors. Penn State, where she plays her college soccer, celebrated on Instagram:

The draw is a tolerable result for Spain, but it’s massive for Costa Rica. Plenty of experts were predicting that Las Ticas – an extremely young team that could do with some more support from home – weren’t going to get a single point in the group stages. Who knows? They may just be the Cinderella story of the tournament.

Match highlights

Brazil’s victory over South Korea was a slow-building affair. The Brazilians dominated possession in the attacking half, but thirty minutes went by before Formiga opened the scoring. Fun fact: at 37, she’s the oldest player to score a goal in the Women’s World Cup. Marta doubled Brazil’s lead with a solid penalty kick in the 54th minute. That’s goal number fifteen in her record haul of Women’s World Cup goals.

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South Korea really started to put numbers forward after that, looking for a way back into the match, but they just couldn’t make it happen. Their best chance came in the final seconds of the game; the ball flashed across the face of goal, and it looked certain that someone would get a touch to it and put it in the net, but it wasn’t to be. Brazil held on to the 2-0 lead and the final whistle blew.

– Katie Ann

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