Ivory Coast vs Thailand
Both teams had a rough first game out with Ivory Coast losing 10-0 to Germany and Thailand 4-0 to Norway. Both teams need the three points that come with a win after starting the tournament with zero points. The Ivory Coast loss was the largest in Women's World Cup history. Goalkeeper Dominique Thiamale was still a star in that game despite giving up so many goals. Thailand did well against Norway, having seven attempts against the more dominant side.
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Canada vs New Zealand
Canada started the tournament with three points thanks to a last second penalty against China in their opening game. Forwards Jonelle Filigno and Melissa Tancredi failed to create much offense against China while Christine Sinclair was the lone goal scorer in the game. Canada's backline is injury ridden and New Zealand will look to capitalize on it early and often. New Zealand had a lot of opportunities against Norway but failed to convert them in their first game, a luxury they can't afford in their second match. Amber Hearn and Sarah Gregorious, New Zealand's top goal scorers, will need to make the most of their chances against Canada if the team wants any hope of moving on to the next round.
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Three current Houston Dash players Erin McLeod, Lauren Sesselmann and Allysha Chapman are all started for Canada in the opening game of the tournament. Former Dash midfielder Kaylyn Kyle also saw game time for Canada in the game against China.