The first round of group stage matches at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup came to a close Tuesday, with the reigning champion United States earning a record breaking 13-0 win over Thailand. Fellow World Cup mainstay Sweden also picked up a win over a Chile side making its debut, while reigning European champions the Netherlands began their campaign with a narrow victory over New Zealand.
During the tournament’s sixth day of action, France and Norway will face each other in Group A and Germany and Spain will play in Group B with a spot in the knockouts on the line. Nigeria and South Korea, two teams looking for their first points, will kick off the slate of Wednesday games.
How to watch
Nigeria v. South Korea
Time: 9 a.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports app
What to know: Currently sitting on zero points, both sides will be looking for a win that should put them in a position to possibly get out of the group as one of the best third-place teams. 38th ranked Nigeria will be looking to versatile forward Asisat Oshoala to hopefully score the team’s first goal of the tournament.
14th ranked South Korea, meanwhile, will want to showcase the talents of midfielder Ji So-yun as it aims for a second consecutive knockout stage appearance.
Germany v. Spain
Time: Noon ET
TV: Fox/Fox Sports app
What to know: The winner of this match likely decides the winner of Group B, and as a result, this match is expected to be one of the tournament’s more competitive so far. Germany will be without midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsán, who will miss the remainder of the group stage with a broken toe. That said, the two-time World Cup winners will still have the likes of Alexandra Popp up top and defender Sara Doorsoun in the back.
Spain will also pose an attacking threat, as forward Jennifer Hermoso looks to add to the two goals she scored against South Africa. In the back, captain Marta Torrejón and company will look to keep the opposition out.
France v. Norway
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: Fox/Fox Sports app
What to know: Another match that will likely see its winner top the group, the hosts are the favorites in both categories. Some of France’s more well-known names in Wendie Renard, Amadine Henry, and Eugénie Le Sommer opened the tournament on a high note, and they could add another solid, attack-minded, performance against Norway.
Norway will have a difficult task ahead of them in defending a team that can successfully overwhelm an opponent. In that case, defender Maren Mjelde may have a lot to do.
What happened yesterday?
Group E — New Zealand 0-1 Netherlands: Jill Roord came off the bench and scored in stoppage time to give the Netherlands a 1-0 victory over New Zealand in the Women’s World Cup group opener for both teams Tuesday. A full match recap can be found here.
Group F — Chile 0-2 Sweden: Sweden scored twice after the match was halted because of thunderstorms in the area in the 73rd minute. Kosovare Asilani scored in the 83rd minute, and Madelen Janogy doubled the lead in stoppage time.
Group F — United States 13-0 Thailand: Alex Morgan’s five goals and the 13-0 total destruction of Thailand still thrilled the U.S.-friendly announced crowd of 18,591 Tuesday night at Stade Auguste-Delaune. The result broke the World Cup record for goals and margin of victory. The previous record was Germany’s 11-0 victory over Argentina in 2007. Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis each recorded a brace. Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Pugh and Carli Lloyd also scored. A full match recap can be found here.
Two matches will be played on Thursday.
Group C — Australia v. Brazil (Noon ET, Montpellier, Fox/Fox Sports app)
Group B — South Africa v. China (3 p.m. ET, Paris, Fox/Fox Sports app)