After two thrilling weeks of Group Stage action at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we round up all the drama and results and guide you through the final standings ahead of the Knockouts which commences this weekend.
We have already seen record breaking moments, increased TV audiences and the controversial debut of VAR plus plenty of qualification drama so let crack on with explaining how each group unfolded.
Key: (Q) = Qualified, (E) = Eliminated
|4||South Korea (E)||3||-7||0|
Tournament hosts, France are safely through with no defeats and the one conceded goal, which came during a 2-1 win over Norway either side of respective 4-0 and 1-0 wins over South Korea and Nigeria.
Norway meanwhile thrashed Nigeria with three first-half goals in their opening group gam prior to defeat against France but penalties from Caroline Hansen and Isabell Herlovsen secured a 2-1 victory over South Korea, ultimately sending the Norwegians through as Group A runners-up.
Nigeria’s 2-0 win over South Korea during their second group match meanwhile was enough to send them through as one of four best third-placed finishers.
|4||South Africa (E)||3||-7||0|
Germany might of topped Group B but they had to fight their way past both China and Spain by 1-0 results before thumping debutants – South Africa 4-0, with three goals in that match coming before the break.
Spain meanwhile came from behind to beat South Africa 3-1 in their opening match as a Jennifer Hermoso brace and Lucia Garcia strike cancelled out Chrestinah Kgatlana’s opener for the Banyana Banyana.
Defeat to Germany then a goalless draw with China ultimately proved enough to send La Roja through in second, just ahead of the Asian side who beat South Africa 1-0 in their second group game to eventually finish tied on four points and third overall in the group.
* Australia qualify in second place by virtue of having scored eight goals to Brazil’s six.
Group C definitely proved to be more complex than many expected with three teams finishing with six points apiece, whilst Jamaica made their World Cup debut.
Italy ultimately topped the group on goal difference but had to come from behind through Barbara Bonansea’s brace to beat Australia before a 5-0 battering of Jamaica saw them through, even despite losing 1-0 to Brazil in their final group game.
As Canarinhas meanwhile beat Jamaica in their opening group game through Cristiane’s hat-trick but a 3-2 loss to Australia from two goals to the good would ultimately prove costly in a tense final round of group games.
Brazil needed two goals to force a group topping tie with Italy and would of won Group C by virtue of having won their clash, but Marta’s record breaking 17th goal at a fifth consecutive World Cup was enough to prevent that scenario whilst proving costly at the same time.
Australia beat Jamaica 4-1 through Sam Kerr’s quadruple which meant that they tied Brazil on six points and a +3 goal difference, only progressing in second by virtue of having scored eight goals compared to Selecao’s six.
England progress as Group D winners with just one conceded goal which came in a 2-1 win over Scotland.
Jodie Taylor’s tap-in was then enough to secure qualification in a narrow 1-0 win over Argentina, who had held Japan to a goalless draw in their opening group game whilst the latter also progressed with a 2-1 victory over Scotland.
That meant that Ellen White’s brace against Japan in their final group game was enough to send the Lionesses through unbeaten and top Group D.
Argentina meanwhile came from 3-0 down to clinch a dramatic 3-3 draw and eliminate Scotland, who needed a win to potentially qualify as one of four best third-placed finishers.
Alas either failed to qualify because Cameroon’s win over New Zealand in Group E was enough to send Argentina home by a single point.
|4||New Zealand (E)||3||-4||0|
Having squeezed past New Zealand in Group E’s opening match through Jill Roord’s 92nd minute winner, Netherlands comfortably saw off Cameroon then Canada to progress as group winners.
Canada meanwhile secured qualification after taking a 1-0 win over Cameroon through Kadeisha Buchanan’s header, before dispatching New Zealand through goals from Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince.
Cameroon needed a late Ajara Nchout goal to secure her brace and a 2-1 victory over bottom-placed New Zealand to snatch the last knockout spot via the third-placed finishers path.
Defending champions, USA dominated Group F which started with a record breaking 13-0 win over Thailand as Alex Morgan netted five in a game which saw seven Americans score at least once.
Comfortable victories over Chile and Sweden soon followed with clean sheets, whilst the Swedes also progressed after seeing off Chile and Thailand in their opening two matches.
Chile meanwhile finished third after beating the Chaba Kaew 2-0 in their final group game, although a late Francisca Lara penalty miss denied them a spot in the Knockouts at Nigeria’s expense.
Last 16 Ties
|Saturday 22 June||Germany v Nigeria||4:30pm|
|Norway v Australia||8:00pm|
|Sunday 23 June||England v Cameroon||4:30pm|
|France vs Brazil||8:00pm|
|Monday 24 June||Spain v USA||5:00pm|
|Sweden v Canada||8:00pm|
|Tuesday 25 June||Italy v China PR||5:00pm|
|Netherlands v Japan||8:00pm|