Blog-Views From the Sidelines

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Into the knockout rounds - FRA v KOR

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We're into the knockout rounds, so every match counts that much more, and ironically the large tallies of 4+ goals we saw in the group stages matter less.  France came out of the gate strong Saturday against Korea in Montreal's Olympic Stadium scoring twice in the first eight minutes.  They didn't seem to officially let up any, but when you're already up by two goals the pressure isn't the same as when you're tied or even down.  France was able to make some subs to give more players a chance on the field, and let others rest before their big match this coming Friday against fellow European powerhouse Germany.  I was really happy to retrieve my remote camera behind the goal to find the gem shown here first, which was France's third goal scored by #18 Marie Laure Delie in the 48th minute.  The other two goals happened on the other half of the field, so I was very happy to really nail this one.   

Meanwhile, further west, the United States was able to pull out a win over Colombia putting them into the quarterfinals where they'll face China this coming Friday in Ottawa. 

Women's World Cup - Costa Rica v Korea

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I've never seen a team celebrate harder for a tie.  Costa Rica knew they needed to walk away with at least a point against Korea this past Sunday at Montreal's Olympic Stadium to have any chance of moving on to the knockout rounds.  A goal late in second half sent the Costa Rican team and fans alight as both erupted into a fervor fit more for the finals.  In the end the Ticas would fall short of the knockout rounds, but not without leaving everything they had on the field.