TOP TEN MOMENTS OF WWC GROUP STAGES
The 2015 Women’s World Cup group stages were home to many breath-taking moments, including full stretch saves, beautiful team play and some sweet strikes from distance. Here is our TOP 10 favorite moments from the group stages:
- Brazil’s Marta scores her 15th World Cup Goal (WORLD CUP RECORD), her 92nd goal all time for Brazil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b3XqK9WQ8w
South Korean defender brings down a Brazilian attacker, resulting in a finish from Marta from the penalty spot, giving Brazil a 2-0 lead, and the setting of a record. Marta now holds the world record for most World Cup goals!
- Lieke Martens Goal from 22 yards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaCO19qms4A
Netherlands Midfielder, Lieke Martens cuts in from the left onto her right foot and curls a beauty around a New Zealand defender and into the corner… Unstoppable!
- Daniela Montoya One Time Strike. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Qlm3C_CkQ (1:24)
Colombia Midfielder Daniela Montoya strikes a rocket into the top corner after a beautiful play from a teammate who controlled a difficult ball inside the 18,and laid it back to Montoya who finished in style.
- Romona Bachmann scores Hat-trick in Switzerland 10-1 Win. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgm0HeIOxGs
Bachmann scores one from the penalty spot, and two other great strikes in a blowout win vs. Ecuador! Here are the Highlights of the 11-goal game:
- Match day 7: Group F- Colombia Upset over France. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5W1Fh12Xf0
Colombia pulls off the biggest upset in the 2015 Women’s World Cup so far. Their dominate play throughout the game and stone cold defending kept the French from scoring. Lady Andrade scored 19th minute and Catalina Usme scored in stoppage time to secure Colombia’s historic win. This win helped them move on into the Round of 16, where they are set to play the United States!
- Powerhouse Germany scores 10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzi97bhWdsM
It took only three minutes for the Germans to break through. The game looked over by the halftime whistle at 5-0. Germany was not done as they added 5 more in the second half. We must give credit to Ivory Coast goalkeeper, Dominique Thiamale, who kept out shots that could have made the deficit worse. Thiamale told fifa.com after the match, “I enjoyed the game anyway,” an inspiring statement after such a loss, showing her love for the game.
- Ange Nguessan Thunder strike vs. Norway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MnK3KT8GDA (1:48)
Ivory Coast forward Ange Nguessan scores one of the best conciliation goals ever! Down 3-0, Nguessan found the ball at her feet roughly 30 yards from goal and hits one of the cleanest strikes of the tournament off the crossbar and in. What an amazing goal… not to mention she is only 4 feet and 5 inches! SO much power in such a small leg!
- Maren Mjedel Sublime Equalizing Free kick. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd-n7k8HPoM
Norwegian Midfielder Maren Mjedel shows her amazing technique with her exquisite free kick goal that tied their second group stage game at 1! The ball was placed directly on the top of the 18 yard box and Mjedel with just two steps, curls the ball beautifully into the top corner, an absolutely stunning free kick… Those are the ones you dream of hitting….
- Amadine Henry: Best Goal of the Group Stage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weiyL2Y7eUQ
The third group stage game of Group F between France and Mexico seemed to be over at halftime with the French scoring in the first minute, and fortunately receiving an own goal in the third minute, it was 3-0 at the half. Amadine Henry scored the game’s fifth goal in the 79th adding the exclamation point with the best goal of the tournament so far! That says a lot about this goal as we have seen plenty of wonderful goals through the group stage, but this strike from 35 yards that rippled the top corner of the net was simply incredible.
- Abby Wambach Winner vs. Nigeria. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oujwc-7dhdY (0:26)
United States soccer icon Abby Wambach scores a thumping volley to win the US “the Group of Death,” and send them into the knockout stage! This was Wambach’s 14th World Cup goal, just one goal behind record holding Marta. (Brazil) The Red, White and Blue are looking for their third World Cup and hope Wambach has a few more goals in her. USA! USA!
Contribution: Justin Lewis