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2019 Women’s World Cup Day 2: Match thread and discussion

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Groups A and B in action to kickoff the weekend

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China Women’s National Football Team Battles Before World Cup Photo by Wang He/Getty Images

Get read to hear the FIFA anthem three more times today as Group A and B finish their first round of matches to begin the tournament.

Things start with what should be a good challenge for Germany to open the tournament as they take on China at Roazhon Park in Rennes. Germany will look to get off to a strong start after struggling in qualifying and Alexandra Popp will be a menace to China’s defenders. For their part, China has also struggled recently and Wang Shuang is one of the best midfielders in the tournament and one to watch if China makes a run in 2019.

Next, South Africa makes their World Cup debut against a difficult opponent as they take on Spain. That match kicks off at Stade Oceane in the Normandy port city of Le Havre. The Spanish side needs to get a good result in order to advance out of a tough group and with goal differential potentially breaking a deadlock may be tempted to push forward often in the match. South Africa will need everything to go right and catch some breaks if they want to grab a result in their first World Cup match.

Finally, Norway will face Nigeria in Reims at Stade Auguste-Delaune. Norway will not have the best player in the world as Ada Hegerberg is continuing to not participate in the national team until the federation provides equal treatment to the men’s and women’s teams. As a result, they will field a team more suited to a structured style. Meanwhile, Nigeria will rely on Asisat Oshoala to unlock the Norwegians and pull off an upset. With France setting the tone with a dominant 4-0 win against Korea Republic, these teams will want to get a result in what should be an interesting finale to day two.

How to watch

Germany vs. China

Location: Roazhon Park, Rennes

Kick-off time: 9:00am Eastern, 6:00am Pacific

Available TV: FS1 (English), Telemundo (Spanish)

Available streaming: Fox Sports Go (App/Website), Telemundo (App/Website), FuboTV (Free Trial)

Spain vs. South Africa

Location: Stade Oceane, Le Havre

Kick-off time: 12:00pm Eastern, 9:00am Pacific

Available TV: FOX (English), Telemundo (Spanish)

Available streaming: Fox Sports Go (App/Website), Telemundo (App/Website), FuboTV (Free Trial)

Norway vs. Nigeria

Location: Stade Oceane, Le Havre

Kick-off time: 12:00pm Eastern, 9:00am Pacific

Available TV: FOX (English), Telemundo (Spanish)

Available streaming: Fox Sports Go (App/Website), Telemundo (App/Website), FuboTV (Free Trial)