Market Insight: Women's World Cup Wrap-Up: Group Stage Round 2

Market Insight: Women's World Cup Wrap-Up: Group Stage Round 2
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 kicked off last week in front of a packed house in Paris. Over the first two rounds the skill and passion on show has drawn huge global interest, and the tournament is shaping up to be a ground-breaking one for the women’s game. Soccerex has been keeping up with all the excitement and keenly following what has been, in some cases, record-breaking start to the tournament.

After two rounds, many of the pre-tournament favourites to progress into the Round of 16 such as England, Netherlands, Canada, Sweden and the United States have qualified for the knocked out stages but in Groups A, B, C and D there are places up for grabs and it’s still to be seen whether France, Brazil, and Italy, among others, can book their place in the next round.

From a closely fought 0-0 to a whopping 13-0 trouncing, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup has provided over seventy goals in the first twenty-four games, and a number of record-breaking moments in such a short space of time. Brazilian legend Marta became the first player, male or female, to score in five different iterations of the FIFA World Cup as she slotted away a penalty in Brazil’s second game of the tournament against Australia. Another individual record was set, as Alex Morgan scored five goals, and assisted a further three in the USA’s 13-0 victory against Thailand, which became the highest winning margin of any FIFA World Cup match in history. In USA’s second match, Carli Lloyd became the first player to score in six consecutive Women’s World Cup appearances, and the oldest player to score more than one goal in a game. Lloyd’s brace earned her a spot in this week’s Team of the Round, according to GoalPoint.

The Team of the Round after the first set of group stage fixtures was naturally flooded with members of the US team following their record-breaking triumph over Thailand, however, after round two of matches, only Carli Lloyd made it in from the US. Also featuring is Cristiana Girelli, Italy’s player of the match in their 5-0 win over Jamaica, also scored a brace to earn her spot in the second Team of the Round, alongside teammate Giugliano.

Featuring next to the two Italians, and USA’s Carli Lloyd, Spain, Netherlands, England, Canada and Japan all had one player that found their way into the Team of the Round, with Sweden filling the final three spaces in the team following their 5-1 win over Thailand. The pick of the bunch for Sweden was Kosovare Asllani, who scored her third goal of the competition. Asllani, as per GoalPoint, is the highest rated player to have played two full games at the start of the competition, making her the current Player of the Tournament.


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