Group A is creating chaos at the FIFA Women's World Cup
The GIST: With the majority of Group A’s games complete, two curious storylines are popping up: World No. 12 and group-favorite Norway can’t find their footing, while No. 46 Philippines — a first-time WWCer — appear poised to shock the world. What’s a Cinderella story without a midnight twist?
Norway underwhelms: The Gresshoppene arrived at this year’s WWC ready for redemption — but instead lost last week’s opener 1–0 to co-host No. 26 New Zealand (The Football Ferns first-ever World Cup victory) and drew 0–0 with fellow group-favorite No. 20 Switzerland yesterday.
- Now without star forward Ada Hegerberg, who didn’t play in yesterday’s match due to a reported groin injury, winless Norway are at the bottom of the group standings, making a trip to the knockout stage nearly impossible. Naur-way.
Philippines overdelivers: Old Cindy and her animal pals have nothing on forward Sarina Bolden, who scored the Philippines first-ever WWC goal yesterday to propel the Filipinas to their first WWC success — a 1–0 dub over New Zealand.
- Philippines are now guaranteed a knockout stage spot if they win their final group stage match…which just happens to be against Norway on Sunday at 3 a.m. ET. *rubs palms in anticipation*
TL;DR: Widely considered one of the easiest groups in the tourney, there weren't supposed to be any surprises in Group A. But, thanks to the always entertaining parity in the women’s game, it looks like we can expect a hella chaotic finale. Just don’t sleep — it’s fine!