Opening ceremonies started today at 6:30 and took a lot longer than they should have. The groups that were dancing took way too long in their routines. Finally after all the dancing and speeches were over, Ireland took on Austria about an hour behind the scheduled time.
The game went as expected for Ireland, as they crushed Austria 8-0. Ireland played very well as a team and didn't lack effort at any position. Passes were crisp all around and the shots were accurate and powerful. They showed why they remain the number 1 contender for the Cup.
The second game of the night featured the first game on the girls side with Germany winning 2-1. Germany outplayed Chile in every aspect and deserved the win.
The third game featured a group B matchup with Ukraine and Canada. This was a very important matchup as the winner would more than likely make it out of their group along with Norway. Ukraine started off very strong in the opening minutes and has a series of good shots, finishing one of them. Leading 2-0 by halftime, Ukraine seemed to lose form and Canada began it's attack. With 12 minutes or so left in the game Canada seemed to have scored on an indirect free kick, but upon further review the goal was disallowed because it didn't touch anyone. Ukraine held off the scrappy Canada team then added another goal as time was winding down.
The fourth game was between Jamaica and Scotland. Jamaica took and early lead of 3-0 and it seemed that Scotland would never be able to get back in it. Scotland then netted a goal to make it 3-1 and the chase was on. The game was very fast-paced and both teams had very good chances. Scotland rung one off the crossbar and Jamaica's counter attack led them to their 4th goal. Scotland countered quickly to make it 4-2, but time was running out on Scotland's hopes. The pace picked up and Scotland tried a more offensive approach, but Jamaica scored on the weaker defence, making it 5-2. Scotland scored soon after, but the game was winding down and beyond reach. Jamaica wins 5-3