The No. 1 ranked team in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Germany, won Group B and will advance to the next portion of the tournament.
After beating the Ivory Coast 10-0 in an absolute blowout on June 7th and tying Norway 1-1 on June 11th, the Germans wrapped up their final group play match today with a 4-0 defeat of Thailand at Winnipeg Stadium.
The victory secured the top spot in the group over Norway who tied with Germany for 7 points in the table. The Germans received the nod over Norway because of a strong goal differential mostly coming from their unheard of blowout against the Ivory Coast.
The German ladies will receive the next four days off while the other group play matches finish up. Andy Wirth and the team at Powder denote how Germany will be pitted against the third place team from either Group A, C, or D depending on how those matches play out. That leaves potential match-ups with the Netherlands from Group A, Switzerland or Cameroon from Group C, and Australia or Sweden from Group D.
The Germans are still the overall favorite to win the tournament but it will be interesting to see how things play out for a team that was expected to breeze through the group stage and Round of 16. It may become especially interesting if Germany draws the likes of the powerful offenses displayed by Switzerland and Cameroon this summer on Canadian pitches.