Women's World Cup: Early Headlines

How are you starting off your long ACL weekend? I know what I'm going to see first: the Friday 4am U.S.-Sweden game in the Women's World Cup. With one game now in the books for every team, it's been a great tournament so far. Here are some headlines from the first three days:
Blitzkreig! Defending champ Germany opened with an 11-0 thumping of what was supposed to be a pretty decent Argentina team.
Gooooooooals. Thirty-nine in the first eight games, an astonishing 4.9 per game.
Comebacks. In eight games, seven different teams have come from behind to tie or take the lead.
Blood. U.S. striker Abby Wambaugh with blood dripping down her face from a scalp wound will be a sight to remember from this WC. (She was back eight minutes later after a couple of quick stitches.)
Group of Death. All knotted up after the first round. #1 U.S., lucky to draw with #5 N. Korea, gets #3 Sweden next.
Canada melts. Talented, but dissension-wracked team seemed to drag in the second half, as a 1-0 lead turned into a 2-1 Norway win.
Hosts pull it out. China, who've dropped out of the elite of late, were last to kick off, squandered a two-goal lead, but in the end won a thriller over Denmark, 3-2. And improbably...
Asia ascendant. China got a win late; Japan got a tie in the 94th minute; North Korea outplayed the top-ranked team in the world. And Asia is the only unbeaten continent after one game.
Upcoming: Friday-Saturday morning, 4am & 7am, then 7am Monday, 7am Tuesday, 4am & 7am Wednesday. Full schedule below.

Womens World Cup Results

Group A

Germany 11, Argentina 0
England 2, Japan 2

Group B
USA 2, North Korea 2
Sweden 1, Nigeria 1

Group C
Norway 2, Canada 1
Australia 4, Ghana 1

Group D
Brazil 5, New Zealand 0
China 3, Denmark 2


Upcoming Schedule

Friday, Sept. 14, 4am: U.S.-Sweden; Argentina-Japan
7am: North Korea-Nigeria; England-Germany

Saturday, Sept. 15, 4am: Canada-Ghana; Denmark-New Zealand
7am: Australia-Norway; Brazil-China

Final Group Games:

Monday, Sept. 17, 7am:
Germany-Japan; England-Argentina (A)

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7am: U.S.-Nigeria; North Korea-Sweden (B)

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4am: Norway-Ghana; Australia-Canada (C)
7am: China-New Zealand; Brazil-Denmark (D)

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