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2019 Women’s World Cup, Day 2: Game thread, lineups, how to watch

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The fun kicks off this weekend with Germany v. China.

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Germany Press Conference & Training - FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images

While the first match was, indeed, yesterday, Saturday is where the FIFA Women’s World Cup truly starts to get interesting. With three matches on each day this weekend, you better stay glued to your TV or streaming device — because this weekend is going to be a ton of fun.

The morning starts with a World Cup favorite, Germany, taking on a talented but somewhat unknown China squad. That match kicks off at 6 AM PT. What follows is another match from Group B between Spain and South Africa, who are making their World Cup debut. Spain is a rising women’s soccer country and should do enough to get a win — but anything can happen in the beautiful game.

At noon, Norway faces off against Nigeria in Group A. France showed they are the team to beat in this group, easily dismantling Korea in the World Cup opener. This game should be a little closer. Nigeria has one of the best attacking bands in the tournament, but they also don’t have depth in the midfield. Norway does, and despite the fact that they don’t have their best player — Ada Hegerberg — they’re the higher-ranked squad. That’s because they have players like Caroline Graham Hansen, a crafty winger who can destroy defenses.

What to Watch

  • Germany is a very good team, and Dzsenifer Marozsán is one of the best creators in the game. She played with Jess Fishlock in Lyon, and the 27-year-old missed last World Cup due to an injury. She also missed the start of this season due to a pulmonary embolism (blocked blood vessel in the lungs). It almost kept her out of football for good, but she’s recovered and is ready to shine.
  • Reign FC’s Celia Jimenez Delgado was named to Spain’s roster for the World Cup, and it’s possible she’ll feature at right back against South Africa.
  • Norway's Caroline Graham Hansen is another player who missed the 2015 World Cup due to injury. The 24-year-old just signed for FC Barcelona after doing tremendous work at Wolfsburg, where she led the Bundesliga in assists. She’s a speedy, crafty winger who will be called upon to make a difference for Norway.ch

How to Watch

Germany v. China PR

Group: B
Location: Roazhon Park, Rennes
Date and time: June 8, 2019, 6 AM PT
TV: FS1 (English), Telemundo (Spanish)
Streaming: Fox Sports Go (App/Website), Telemundo (App/Website), Fubo TV (affiliate link)

Spain v. South Africa

Group: B
Location: Stade Océane, Le Havre
Date and time: June 8, 2019, 9 AM PT
TV: Fox (English), Telemundo (Spanish)
Streaming: Fox Sports Go (App/Website), Telemundo (App/Website), Fubo TV (affiliate link)

Norway v. Nigeria

Group: A
Location: Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
Date and time: June 8, 2019, 9 AM PT
TV: Fox (English), Univision (Spanish)
Streaming: Fox Sports Go (App/Website), Telemundo (App/Website), Fubo TV (affiliate link)

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