Reims: Surprise Package Italy tries to match Germany and France by beating their group when they are confronted with Brazil on Tuesday in a meeting that evokes classic World Cup memories.
The team of Milena Bertolini has a perfect six points after scoring seven times during their first two games, including an opening against a shocking lead over the dark horses from before the Australia tournament, and must have a draw against Brazil to topping Group C to assure.
The clash goes back to some pulsating Men's World Cup meetings, including the Pele-inspired 4-1 destruction of the Italians in the 1970 final and the hat trick of Paolo Rossi in 1982, who played Zico & # 39; s flamboyant Selecao 3 -2 defeated when Italy continued to lift the trophy.
"I have vivid memories of the 1982 Italy-Brazil match and it's incredible to experience such a match here," said Bertolini.
The Italians have surpassed all expectations in France and have given a light on women's football in a country where only a fraction of the players are where world champions can call on the United States, despite being a powerhouse in the men's competition.
– Women's FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 18, 2019
"We have to be good at everything," added Bertolini from the Valenciennes clash.
"In the first game it was important that we hold the ball so that we could breathe, against Jamaica we had to maintain a balance (in an attack). We have to bring everything together from Brazil."
Australia can snatch second place if they beat Jamaica, who have not scored in losing both games and Brazil does not win.
The Matildas looked dead and buried on their way to peace against Brazil with two goals down, but the stop-time attack by Caitlin Foord led to an incredible setback and won 3-2.
KOREANS CRASH OUT
Norway is waiting for the second group C finalists in the last 16 after Martin Sjogren's team passed South Korea in Reims on July 2, thanks to two penalties, to finish second in Group A.
Caroline Graham Hansen gave Norway a third minute lead after Cho So-hyun seized Maria Thorisdottir.
Graham Hansen was demolished by Kang Chae-rim shortly after the break, but the Barcelona striker was treated and had to watch while Isabell Herlovsen pinched the Norwegian second.
The pocked finish of Yeo Min-ji made it 12 minutes before time for a nervous final for Norway.
The Scandinavians survived a shock when Yeo & # 39; s head was a fraction wide for the impressive Koreans, who are out after three defeats.
Norway will have to sweat at Graham Hansen's fitness, but the 24-year-old said "the doctors are positive", she will be ready for the last 16 games of Saturday in Nice.
France confirmed the best place in Group A after Wendie Renard scored the only goal against Nigeria with a resumed shot in Rennes.
They are faced with the prospect of a quarter-final against US defending champion when the Americans top Group F and the last 16 come through as expected.
Germany made sure they avoided the US in the next phase after hammering South Africa 4-0 to end the Group B top.
The Germans finished a perfect nine points without conceding a goal despite the fact that they were without the injured star Dzsenifer Marozsan for the past two games.
Spain is likely to face the US after qualifying as second in Group B behind the Germans, after a scoreless draw with China which are guaranteed to continue as one of the four best third-placed parties.