Pernille Harder, Georgia Stanway, FC Bayern Women

FCB Women at the World Cup: mixed results on matchday 2

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The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is in full swing: the second matchday provided slightly more mixed results for FCB Women than the start of the tournament. has compiled an overview of the results of the Munich players with their national teams.

Group H: Germany defeated by Colombia

The second matchday in Group H pitted European runners-up against South American runners-up in a tight clash. Ultimately, the German team led by Bayern quartet Klara Bühl, Lina Magull, Lea Schüller and Sydney Lohmann were narrowly beaten 2-1. Colombia took the lead in the 52nd minute before Alexandra Popp equalised for Germany with a penalty kick in the 89th minute. However, the Colombians netted a decisive last-minute winner in the seventh minute of injury time to secure all three points. However, even before playing their last group match against South Korea on Thursday 3 August (12:00 CEST), the Germans still have a good chance of reaching the knockouts in second place with three points.

Group G: Eriksson clinches round of 16 ticket with Sweden

Sweden, Magdalena Eriksson
Magdalena Eriksson has already secured her place in the last 16 with Sweden.

In Group G, Bayern newcomer Magdalena Eriksson has already secured her place in the round of 16 with Sweden. With a decisive 5-0 victory over Italy, the Swedish team left nothing to chance in the penultimate group stage match. On Wednesday 2 August (9:00 CEST), the Scandinavians will face Argentina, who are currently last in the group. Only a big defeat and an equally big win for Italy in the other fixture could cost Sweden top spot in Group G.

Group E: Netherlands continue good start

For Jill Baijings and the Netherlands national team, last Thursday's clash with the US was a repeat of the 2019 World Cup final. After 90 minutes, the teams shared a 1-1 draw. As a result, the two nations are tied at the top of Group E with four points apiece ahead of their final matches. USA’s healthier goal difference currently puts them ahead of the Dutch in the group standings. Recent Munich signing Baijings is still waiting for her first World Cup appearance for the Oranje Leeuwinnen, who face Vietnam in their final match of the group stage on Tuesday 1 August (9:00 CEST).

Group D: Stanway comes out on top in the Bayern duel

Pernille Harder, Georgia Stanway
Pernille Harder (left) and Georgia Stanway (right) went head-to-head in several tackles

The second matchday in Group D was a real showstopper for all FC Bayern fans. With Georgia Stanway and Pernille Harder, the match between England and Denmark was an internal duel between the two Munich players. Stanway came out on top with England, who won 1-0. However, everything is still to play for in captain Harder’s final group stage match with Denmark. With all four of the matches played so far in Group D ending 1-0, all teams are still in with a chance of reaching the last 16. The European champions are currently top of the table with six points, ahead of China and Denmark with three points each and Haiti with zero points.

England face China on Tuesday 1 August (13:00 CEST), with the Danes taking on Haiti at the same time.

Group A: Norway advance to round of 16

Norway, Tuva Hansen
Tuva Hansen celebrates with her Norwegian teammates after advancing to the round of 16.

Tuva Hansen and the Norwegian national team had reason to celebrate last Sunday. The Scandinavians beat the Philippines 6-0, securing their place in the round of 16. For the team from Group A, it was already the last matchday of the group stage having drawn 0-0 with Switzerland in the second round of matches. Hansen and Norway will play the winner of Group C in the round of 16 on Saturday 5 August (10:00 CEST).

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