So unlike the global sports media giant, this six pack of Women’s World Cup questions ahead of Tuesday’s group play is not sponsored by a major brand of beer. We just don’t have that kind of pull around here. But feel free to enjoy these anyway. Happy Fourth of July everyone.
- Will Birgit Prinz play? Shockingly, the German icon turned villain by the media has become more of a distraction to her team than a necessity. Her reaction to being taken off the pitch on Thursday against Nigeria was poor at best. Personally, I would like to see Alexandra Popp get a run, but Inka Grings would likely fill the role if it is not Prinz.
- Is France for real? Les Blues have been dominant, but Germany is the true test. If France looks good against Germany, we could seriously be looking at a semifinalist here. Along with Japan, France has been the most impressive team in this tournament.
- Can England finally show up? The Three Lions have been far from convincing in a 1-1 draw with Mexico and a 2-1 win over New Zealand. It is put up or shut up time against Japan. If England really is a contender, it should be able to give Japan a game.
- Can anyone stop Homare Sawa and Aya Miyama? Sawa has three goals and Miyama has a goal and two assists thus far. The two veteran midfielders have been on fire to open this tournament. England could be in trouble.
- Will New Zealand get its first point? The Football Ferns are still yet to earn a point in eight all-time Women’s World Cup games. Friday’s lead against England was the first New Zealand has ever had at halftime. Can the Kiwis get even a point for pride?
- Will Canada show up? Speaking of playing for pride: Nigeria and Canada face off in the ultimate ‘play for pride’ game. Canada is going home far earlier than expected after being embarrassed against France (4-0) on Friday and has to at least prove on Tuesday that it can beat Nigeria, also on zero points.
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