Day 4, June 29, at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup brought joy to Norway and Brazil. Although both teams were the favorites to win, they still faced tough matches and had to earn their goals. The oppressive heat continued to play a prominent role at the Women’s World Cup in Germany for Group D.
1. Norway Defeats Equatorial Guinea
On June 29, Norway defeated Equatorial Guinea with a final score of 1-0 . I was surprised by the lack of advancement by Norway during the majority of the match. I did not think that losing defender Guro Knutsen Mienna to an injury would influence their entire team. There were several moments that gave Equatorial Guinea the chance to take over, but they failed to seize them. Both teams made a large number of shots that failed to produce results.
2. Emilie Haavi Scores for Norway
In the 84th minute of the match, Emilie Haavi made the goal that gave Norway victory over Equatorial Guinea at the Women’s World Cup. At the age of 19, she is already one of the most promising stars on the team. She is a recent addition to Norway’s team but was the only one who was able to score successfully on June 29.
3. Brazil Struggles Against Australia
The women’s team from Brazil only had 48% possession at the match on June 29. Although they made 14 shots, and Australia had 12, only one goal was successful with a final score of 1-0. Brazil did not win easily. Australia focused on Brazil’s Marta while not neglecting their own defense. Meanwhile, Brazil allowed too many missed shots and stolen balls. Brazil’s offense also failed to impress during the match. I think the team was relying too much on Marta to save them and failed to devote enough time to practice before the Women’s World Cup.
4. Rosana Scores for Brazil
In the 54th minute of the match on June 29, Rosana scored the only goal for Brazil. After several failed attempts, Rosana was finally successful in giving her team the lead. Managing to avoid a defender from Australia, Rosana made a shot that no goalkeeper would have been able to stop. Later attempts by both teams to score failed. While everyone assumed that Marta would naturally lead the team, I was glad to discover there were other talented members on the team. This was not the way Brazil expected to open their Women’s World Cup debut, but easy victories are not always possible.
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Lana loves soccer and has experience coaching youth teams. She follows MLS, UEFA and FIFA.