The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup has brought together professional women footballers representing 24 countries from around the world. The tournament held in France kicked off on June 7 and will end on July 7. Several countries have already squared it out in group stage matches in their quest to lift the World Cup trophy.
This year’s competition involves six groups with four teams in each, battling it out to leave the group stages. We take a look at group F to see whether it is the United States, Sweden, Thailand or Chile, who will make it to the quarterfinals.
The United States’ stats
The United States are number one in the FIFA Women’s World Cup ranking with 2101 points. The USA have won three Women’s World Cup titles, four Olympic Gold Medals and eight CONCACAF Gold Cups. In the 2015 World Cup final in Canada, USA beat Japan 5-2 winning the trophy.
Jill Ellis’ side are number one in group F with three points and 13 goals difference. The US showed a thrilling and impressive match against Thailand where they demolished them 13-0 in one of the biggest defeats in the world’s history. The American’s forward Alex Morgan scored five goals against Thailand to set a straight winning record.
Sweden is number nine in the FIFA Women’s World Cup ranking with 1962 points. Sweden have won three European Championship’s silvers, one World Cup silver and the European Competition for Women’s Football. Sweden won against England 4-3 in the penalty shoot out to record their first win in European Competition in 1984.
Sweden came close to winning major football trophies in 2016 and 2003. They lost to Germany in the Olympics in the year 2016 and again to Germany in 2003 Women’s World Cup, where they were the tournament’s favorites.
Sweden are second placed behind the USA in group F with three points and two goals difference. Peter Gerhandsson’s side beat all odds to win their first match opener 2-0 against Chile. Though it was pouring, the rain did not stop goals from finding their way into the net. The organizers were forced to take a break at the 72nd minute and resumed 40 minutes later.
Chile stands at position 39 in the World Ranking with 1589 points. This is the first time La Roja Femenina has qualified for a major competition. Chile are number three in group F in Women’s World Cup after they lost to Sweden in their opening match in France.
Jose Letelier’s side met with Germany for the World Cup warm-up in Regensburg, and the hosts beat La Roja 2-0.
Christiane Endler who plays as a goalkeeper for Paris Saint Germain, was named the best goalkeeper last season because of her stunning performance in France. Her skills will be a boost for Chile in their quest for the title.
Thailand is ranked world number 34 with 1658 points. Chaba Kaew has successfully won four AFF Women’s Championship titles, five Southeast Asian Games gold medals and one AFC Women’s Asian Cup title. In the 2015 Women’s World Cup they beat Ivory Coast 3-2 in their first appearance. Chaba Kaew finished fifth in 2014 AFC Women Asian Cup when they crushed Vietnam 2-1 and qualified in the 2019 World Cup.
Thailand are at the bottom of Group F in the World Cup after suffering the biggest defeat ever in football’s history from the hands of the US in their opening match.
The United States to reach quarterfinals
The American team is in good form and started the tournament with high spirits after demolishing Thailand with 13 goals in their opening match. The United States have won all their eight matches out of the last 10 games. They are number one in the Tournament of Nations table with seven points and number two behind England with five points at Shebelieves Cup.
According to the above statistics, the US are the group F favorites, having gathered three points and 13 goals difference. Sweden have three points and a two-goal difference from the first match against Chile.
The fact that the US are on top of Group F with a huge goal difference will make it hard for the other opponents in group F to beat them. Jill Ellis’ side are on the winning streak and have the best chance of reaching the quarterfinals.
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