Group D rounds out their FIFA Women’s World Cup group play on Wednesday. Japan and England have both already qualified for the knockout round, but they face off against each other to see who walks away at the top of the table.
Reign FC’s Rumi Utsugi has yet to see the field for Japan, while Jodie Taylor scored the lone goal for England in their 1-0 win over Argentina. I don’t expect to see Taylor start against Japan, although she could be called upon as a substitute in the second half.
The match between the bottom two teams in the group has plenty of implications. Both teams are still in the running for a spot in the knockout round.
Scotland is home to former Reign FC players Rachel Corsie and Kim Little. Against both Japan and England, Scotland took too long to settle into the match, and by the time they had some momentum it was too late. Can they score early against Argentina?
Scotland held both their opponents close and managed to put in a goal each game. They should test Argentina’s stout defense, which held Japan scoreless and allowed just one goal against England — thanks to a fantastic performance from goalkeeper Vanina Correa. Correa has a pretty incredible story. She represented Argentina in the 2011 World Cup — their only other appearance — and gave up 11 goals against Germany. She then retired and had twins in 2014. Correa only started to play competitively again in the last year.
Today should feature some entertaining matches before the USWNT and Groups E and F conclude group play on Thursday. Then, the real madness begins.
Group D Standings
England: 6 points (+2)
Japan: 4 points (+1)
Argentina: 1 point (-1)
Scotland: 0 points (-2)
How to Watch
Japan v. England
Scotland v. Argentina
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