Early start on this Saturday of World Cup action. Today it's the second round of games in Groups E and F, some of the most competitive groups in the competition. There are four games on tap, which means you should probably grab a growler and settle in for the day.
First, Colombia faces France in what should be the most lopsided matchup of the day, but whoops at time of publishing Colombia has taken an early one goal lead over France. Then at 1pm, Group F round outs with England taking on Mexico, with England hoping to take advantage of a French stumble and win the group. Simultaneously, Group E kicks off with Brazil facing Spain. And finally at 4pm, Korea plays Costa Rica.
Players to Watch
France vs Colombia: The France roster loaded with talent, young and old. Louisa Necib is the heart of the team's attack, but it's Eugénie Le Sommer alongside her who scored the goal to carry the day against England in their last match. I'll cheat and say you should watch left winger Lady Andrade, since she's already scored a goal that has Colombia leading at half and threatening to topple a titan en route to their first every World Cup win.
England vs Mexico: Mexico is relying on UW legend and ex-Sounders Women player Veronica Perez. It was Perez who scored the goal to earn El Tri a draw against Colombia in the last round. Now they'll face a much more dangerous England side led by hard-working midfielder Katie Chapman, who's at her last World Cup after a long and decorated career for her country and for Arsenal and Chelsea.
Brazil vs Spain: Brazil is Marta, Marta is Brazil. The perennial World Player of the Year contender is by a huge margin the most talented and well-known player for A Seleção. But it was the 37-year-old Formiga who gave Brazil the winning goal over Korea (before Marta finished it off with a penalty). Spain is led by ex-Thorns player Vero Boquete, but it was ex-Flash player Vicky Losada who scored to earn a somewhat disappointing tie with Costa Rica in game one.
Korea Republic vs Costa Rica: In a matchup of the two lesser-known hopefuls of the group, rising CONCACAF power Costa Rica is relying on keeper Dinnia Díaz, who had a huge game in the first round to earn a draw with Spain. Korea has never earned a point at the World Cup, after losing all three of their matches in 2003 and losing earlier in the week to Brazil. If they do get a point, they'll be relying on forward Ji So-Yun, their leading scorer and only player who plays in a top club league.
How to Watch
Match #1: France (#3 FIFA Ranking) v. Colombia (#28)
Date/Time: Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m. PT
TV: FOX, Telemundo (Spanish)
Online: FOX Sports Go or FOX Soccer 2 Go (paid service, no TV subscription required). NBC Deportes En Vivo also offers a Spanish-language streaming service.
Match #2: England (#6) v. Mexico (#25)
Match #3: Brazil (#7) v. Spain (#14)
Match #4: Korea Republic (#18) v. Costa Rica (#37)
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