#FIFAWWC Game Day Notes: Monday, June 22

— June 22, 2015

Today’s Match Schedule
  • 4:30 p.m. ET – Norway vs. England (Ottawa) on TSN/TSN GO
  • 7:30 p.m. ET – USA vs. Colombia (Edmonton) on TSN/TSN GO
  • 11 p.m. ET – Canada 2015 Recap Show on TSN5/TSN GO
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  Game Day Notes: Norway vs. England Norway and England meet for the second time in FIFA Women’s World Cup history. Norway beat England 2-0 in group stage play in 1995. The winner of this match will face Canada in the quarter-finals in Vancouver on Saturday, June 27. Norway
  • Finished second in group B with seven points: beat Côte d’Ivoire 3-1 in their third group match, tied Germany 1-1 in their second game, and beat Thailand 4-0 in their opening game
  • Carried one yellow card into the Round of 16
  • Captain Trine Ronning scored the first goal of the game against Thailand. It was her first goal in her fourth FIFA Women's World Cup
  • Looking to win their second FIFA Women's World Cup title after winning in 1995
  • Norway has played in every FIFA Women's World Cup, reaching the final in the first two tournaments and becoming champions in 1995
  • 2011 was first time Norway did not advance from the group stage, losing two games and winning one
  • Norway holds the record for the most consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup wins, 10 between 1995-1999
  • Coach Even Pellerud led Norway to its only FIFA Women's World Cup title in 1995. He coached Canada from 1999-2008.
  • Norway is playing without one of their main strikers, Caroline Hansen, who is missing the tournament due to injury
  • FIFA world ranking: 11
England
  • Finished second in Group F with six points: beat Colombia 2-1 in their final group match, beat Mexico 2-1 in their second game of the tournament, and lost their opening match 1-0 to France
  • Carried three yellow cards into the Round of 16
  • Goals scored so far: Karen Carney (2), Fara Williams (1), Fran Kirby (1)
  • Fourth time competing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup (previously in 1995, 2007, and 2011)
  • Reached the quarter-finals in each of their previous appearances, but have never won a knockout stage game
  • Have never beaten European opposition at the FIFA Women's World Cup (0W/2D/3L)
  • At Germany 2011, England was the only team to beat tournament winners Japan
  • England won all 10 of their group matches in qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • England was best newcomer in the 1995 tournament in Sweden
  • FIFA world ranking: 6
  Game Day Notes: USA vs. Colombia USA and Colombia are meeting for the third time. USA won both previous matches, including a 3-0 win in a group stage game at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Winner of this game will play China PR in Ottawa on Friday, June 26. Colombia
  • Finished third in Group F with four points: lost 2-1 against England in their third game of the tournament, beat France 2-0 in their second game, and tied their opening match 1-1 with Mexico
  • Goal keeper Sandra Sepulveda received her second yellow card of the tournament in the loss to England and will miss this match
  • Carried six yellow cards into Round of 16
  • Goals scored so far: Lady Andrade (2), Daniela Montoya (1), Catalina Usme (1)
  • Colombia (FIFA world ranking 28) became the lowest-ranked team to beat a top-10 nation (France FIFA world ranking three) at the FIFA Women’s World Cup since FIFA ranking began in 2003
  • The 2-0 win over France in the group stage this year was Colombia's first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup win and possibly the biggest upset in the history of the tournament
  • At an average age of 23 years, eight months, Colombia is the youngest team at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • Daniela Montoya's goal in the draw with Mexico was Colombia's first-ever FIFA Women's World Cup goal in its second participation
  • Second consecutive appearance at FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • First time advancing past the group stage at FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • FIFA world ranking: 28
USA
  • Finished first in Group D with seven points: beat Nigeria 1-0 in their third group match, tied second game 0-0 with Sweden, and beat Australia 3-1 in their first game of the tournament
  • Carried two yellow cards into the Round of 16
  • Goals scored so far: Megan Rapinoe (2), Abby Wambach (1), Christen Press (1)
  • Became the first team to be involved in two 0-0 draws at the FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • Set to play their 40th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals match, an ongoing record
  • Hope Solo’s start against Nigeria was her 173rdcap, equalling the USA record for number of caps for a goalkeeper held by Briana Scurry. If she starts today, she will hold the record outright
  • Christie Rampone became the oldest player to play a game in the FIFA Women's World Cup when she came on the field in the 80th minute against Nigeria in her 307th cap
  • Christie Rampone is only remaining player from the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup-winning team
  • Abby Wambach needs two goals to become the all-time leading goal scorer at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She currently has 14. Marta (BRA) has 15 goals with retired Birgit Prinz (GER) on 14
  • USA has lost only one FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage game (2-1 loss to Sweden in 2011)
  • Reached the semifinals in all six prior FIFA Women's World Cups
  • Played in every FIFA Women's World Cup and hosted the tournament in 1999 and 2003
  • Won FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991 and 1999
  • Only team to host and win the FIFA Women's World Cup in the same year, 1999
  • Four-time winners of Olympic gold: 1996, 2004, 2008, and 2012
  • Abby Wambach was nominated for 2014 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year
  • FIFA world ranking: 2