Los Angeles Times - - WOMEN’S WORLD CUP - — Kevin Bax­ter


Where: Monc­ton. Time: 10 a.m. PDT. TV: FS1, Tele­mu­ndo. The buzz: Brazil is the only teamin the tour­na­ment that is un­beaten, un­tied and un­scored upon. But the Brazil­ians have only four goals them­selves de­spite boast­ing the World Cup’s all-time lead­ing scorer in Marta (15 goals) and play­ing in a weak group. Aus­tralia has been far more tested here, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the so-called Group of Death and giv­ing up just one score af­ter an open­ing loss to the U.S.


Where: Mon­treal. Time: 1p.m. PDT. TV: FS1, NBC Universo. The buzz: Play­ing in French-speak­ing Mon­treal, this will be some­thing of a home game for France. And though the South Kore­ans snuck into the elim­i­na­tion stage by the width of a cross­bar with a fi­nal-game win over Spain, don’t ex­pect the French to take them lightly since they’re still smart­ing froma 2-0 loss to un­her­alded Colom­bia.


Where: Van­cou­ver. Time: 4:30 p.m. PDT. TV: FS1, NBC Universo.

The buzz: Canada’s hopes could hinge on the sore hip of So­phie Sch­midt, who was walk­ing on crutches last­week af­ter tak­ing a tum­ble late in her team’s fi­nal group game against the Nether­lands. With Canada strug­gling for of­fense — its two goals, only one fromthe run of play, are the fewest of any group win­ner— it can ill af­ford to lose its mid­field mo­tor. Switzer­land’s only win here was a10-1past­ing of woe­ful Ecuador.

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