Women's World Cup Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, July 3, 2011
(All times Eastern)
Norway (1-0-0) vs. Brazil (1-0-0), 12:15 p.m.
Wolfsburg, Germany (Sports Network) - Brazil and Norway both had to work
harder than expected to come away with wins from their opening match in Group
D, and the two sides will meet up at the Volkswagen Arena on Sunday with the
top spot in the group on the line.
According to Brazil midfielder Rosana, the 1-0 win over Australia was always
expected to be difficult, but it was the team's spirit which carried it
"We knew it was going to be a tricky game but Brazil showed their fighting
spirit and that's why we won," said Rosana, who scored the lone goal in the
game with the Matildas. "The team fought really hard and that helped us impose
Brazil overcame a sluggish first half to get all three points, but coach
Kleiton Lima will be hoping for more from all-world striker Marta, who had an
uncharacteristically quiet match.
Norway waited until the 84th minute to score its lone goal against Equatorial
Guinea, with Emilie Haavi finding the net for coach Eli Landsem's team.
Getting a win is the most important thing for Norway, which will be expecting
to advance to the quarterfinals from the group. But Landsem was a bit
concerned about winning by such a small margin.
"We wasted opportunities during the match but we also had some bad luck,"
Landsem said. "It was an important win as it was our first match, although we
would have liked more goals."
The bad luck that Landsem speaks of is the fact that Norway struck the post
three times during the game, which could make the final score deceiving.
"Sometimes football is all about luck, we had many chances," said forward Leni
Larsen Kaurin, who assisted on the lone goal, "but it was hard to score. The
direction was missing sometimes but we are satisfied."
07/03 00:47:27 ET