Special Event: 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Matchday 1
June 7, 2019 6:58 AM - Subscribe

How's everyone tuning into these matches? As an American-based cord-cutter I might have to see if I still have some spare UK IP addresses in my closet so I can use BBC's iPlayer. But it seems like the streaming live TV landscape changes every year.
posted by cyrusdogstar at 8:51 AM on June 7

The Guardian's writers make their predictions.
posted by nubs at 8:52 AM on June 7

Lots of games (but not the first one) on broadcast Fox. Rest of them on FS1. There’s a Fox Now app if you have a subscription.

Also on Telemundo, on TV (OTA in some places) and in the NBC Sports app.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 8:59 AM on June 7

Le Sommer in the 9th minute; the Guardian liveblog notes that goal has been developing since the opening ceremony
posted by nubs at 12:20 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]

France vs Republic of Korea
liveblog, FIFA
liveblog, Guardian
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:25 PM on June 7

Gorgeous goal by Mbock!
posted by Liesl at 12:30 PM on June 7 [2 favorites]

Offside unfortunately, but what an awesome goal !
posted by motdiem2 at 12:31 PM on June 7

I was just in the middle of typing that I thought that South Korea were doing a pretty good job of defending since going a goal behind, when Mbock Bathy scored France's second.

And then I had to wait to hit "post comment" while the video assistant referees did their thing.

And now I can go back to my point about South Korea doing a pretty good job defending since they went a goal behind.
posted by Kattullus at 12:32 PM on June 7

Renard !
posted by motdiem2 at 12:37 PM on June 7

Okay, nobody can take that one away!
posted by Liesl at 12:38 PM on June 7

What a classic example of a centerback's goal, Wendie Renard scoring a no nonsense thumping header from a corner.
posted by Kattullus at 12:39 PM on June 7

oh my god it started and no one told me
posted by poffin boffin at 12:49 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]

I guess that's pretty much game, set and match.

What a threat Renard is at corners, she could be in the running for the Golden Boot.
posted by Kattullus at 12:51 PM on June 7

Golden Head, more like.
posted by Liesl at 12:52 PM on June 7

Quite impressed by the French team’s consistency in the first half.
posted by motdiem2 at 12:53 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]

I honestly can't remember anything that's happened in the second half so far.
posted by Kattullus at 1:31 PM on June 7

Well, that was a goal to remember from Amandine Henry.
posted by Kattullus at 1:44 PM on June 7

Not unexpected, but still a great start for France.

Some other coverage:

Women's World Cup misses the mark with patronizing "Dare to Shine" slogan

“Dare to Shine” fails to capture what the world’s best soccer players will actually do over the next month at World Cup stadiums in Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes.

They will sweat, fight, foul, kick, run until their lungs empty and spill their guts in pursuit of the World Cup trophy. Along the way, some will vomit and shed blood. Others will blow out a knee, lose teeth, tear a hamstring, break an ankle and suffer a concussion...

...The women contesting the 2019 World Cup are unrelenting and unapologetic in pursuit of greatness — no different than champions in other sports.

posted by nubs at 2:17 PM on June 7 [1 favorite]

Anyone else make a bracket at fifa.com? Though maybe it's a moot question, it doesn't seem to let you see other people's anyway...
posted by solotoro at 4:58 AM on June 8

Nothing much happening in Ger-Chi, except a few injuries.
posted by Liesl at 7:14 AM on June 8

I missed Germany- China, though from a glance at the Guardian’s liveblog it seems I didn’t miss much. I put on Spain-South Africa when ten minutes were gone and so far it’s an exciting game.
posted by Kattullus at 9:24 AM on June 8

Banyana Banyana!
posted by Liesl at 9:27 AM on June 8 [1 favorite]

What a goal by Kgatlana!

I was going to write that South Africa looks impressive on the break, and will surely get a goal that way when, indeed, they got a goal that way.
posted by Kattullus at 9:29 AM on June 8 [2 favorites]

Ah damn, I had to run errands before thunderstorms rolled in and missed the second half and I guess I was Banyana Banyana’s lucky mascot :-(
posted by Kattullus at 11:17 AM on June 8

Nigeria makes an own goal, and this is looking much more one-sided than it did ten minutes ago.
posted by egregious theorem at 12:41 PM on June 8

Goal for Italy in last minute of stoppage time!!
posted by Liesl at 5:53 AM on June 9 [1 favorite]

Jamaican goalie for player of the match, for sure.
posted by Liesl at 7:23 AM on June 9

Having the game on while cleaning the kitchen is nice, though I wish it wasn’t quite so one-sided. I’m rooting for Scotland because of a family connection and I wish I could say that England’s been lucky, but honestly two-nil is a fair score. Scotland have Ben Nevis to climb in the second half.
posted by Kattullus at 9:54 AM on June 9

Woot! I stepped away from the game and come back to see that Scotland scored.
posted by Kattullus at 10:40 AM on June 9

Anyone know where to get the jackets in the opening seconds of the Germany ad?
posted by Salome Aubusson at 9:25 PM on June 9

Phenomenally uninspiring game between Japan-Argentina so far.
posted by Liesl at 10:09 AM on June 10

Gotta think Japan is going to regret that draw.
posted by nubs at 10:54 AM on June 10 [1 favorite]

The Guardian's liveblog is about 30 seconds ahead of the FS1 streaming, and I got spoiled for that Canada goal! Cameroon's goalie has been working so hard, it's almost a shame to score on her.
posted by Liesl at 12:47 PM on June 10

1-0 Canada! Finally, they break through
posted by nubs at 12:48 PM on June 10

Canada falling asleep a little
posted by nubs at 1:30 PM on June 10

And full-time. Not a great game for Canada, but not a disaster either.
posted by nubs at 1:53 PM on June 10

Been travelling, so I haven't popped in here, but I did catch a couple games on the second day via hotel TV. Germany was definitely the better team, their game.
posted by Quasirandom at 4:22 PM on June 10

New Zealand and Netherlands have been well matched, and Netherlands heads one in during extra time!
posted by Liesl at 7:50 AM on June 11

Yeah Netherlands!
posted by nubs at 8:39 AM on June 11

Chilean player stretchered off in the pouring rain.
posted by Liesl at 10:17 AM on June 11

Blast and damn it, Spectrum decided that I'm not allowed to watch network channels from my computer. Keeping up via Twitter and liveblog. Anyone got a better plan?
posted by Liesl at 12:28 PM on June 11

(Finally got through) Christ, this is a murder scene.
posted by Liesl at 1:14 PM on June 11

Much as I'm rooting for my home team, continuing to score when you're already 6-0 just feels MEAN
posted by solotoro at 1:14 PM on June 11 [3 favorites]

Christ, this is a murder scene.

My text messages log from just now:

This is turning into a blood bath (4:11pm)
5-0 with 40 minutes left (4:11pm)
6-0 now (4:11pm)
...7-0 (4:13pm)

Poor Thailand. Hopefully the US will pull back a bit now.
posted by damayanti at 1:16 PM on June 11 [2 favorites]

The last time I saw the USWNT play, it was against Thailand and I believe the final score was 9-2.
posted by ChuraChura at 1:19 PM on June 11

I think we can now safely upgrade this from a murder to a massacre. Oof.
posted by cyrusdogstar at 1:43 PM on June 11 [1 favorite]

Need a mercy rule
posted by nubs at 1:45 PM on June 11

Need a mercy rule

One of the announcers just said "It's 12-0, you don't need stoppage time". Agreed.
posted by damayanti at 1:49 PM on June 11 [2 favorites]

That stoppage time doesn't even account for goal celebrations alone.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 1:51 PM on June 11

All the US players seem to be giving the Thai goalie a hug and kind words, but if I were her I'd just want to get out of there as quickly as possible.
posted by Liesl at 1:53 PM on June 11 [1 favorite]

One of the announcers just said "It's 12-0, you don't need stoppage time". Agreed.

Plenty of teams have gone out of the World Cup on goal difference after all the other teams in a group cane the weakest link by different amounts then mix up results with each other.
posted by biffa at 4:09 PM on June 11 [4 favorites]

The worst thing about football is everything that happens after 90 minutes.
posted by Etrigan at 6:04 PM on June 11 [1 favorite]

Yeah, if Sweden shellacks Thailand as well the goal differential will be critical. (Also, somehow I suspect there'll be as much handwringing in, say, the Guardian comments, if Sweden shellacks Thailand).
posted by TwoStride at 6:25 PM on June 11

Oh man it's heavy rain for GER-ESP. Must be so miserable to have to play in this.
posted by TwoStride at 9:04 AM on June 12

Thanks to Liesl for the reminder - there's now a Matchday 2 thread
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:09 AM on June 12

Plenty of teams have gone out of the World Cup on goal difference after all the other teams in a group cane the weakest link by different amounts then mix up results with each other.
Yeah, if Sweden shellacks Thailand as well the goal differential will be critical. (Also, somehow I suspect there'll be as much handwringing in, say, the Guardian comments, if Sweden shellacks Thailand).

If the US wins the group, they play the second-placed team from group B (likely Germany or Spain); if they come in second, then... they would also play a second-placed team, this time from group E (likely Canada or Netherlands). Goal differential is only likely to enter the picture if the US places third in the group, which would require them to either lose to both Sweden and Chile (the latter are actually ranked below Thailand) or draw with Chile and get beaten by 3 or more goals by Sweden.

As a handwringer, I'm not as upset about the scoring; at some level, it would be rude for them to not try hard. I wouldn't begrudge a fist pump or a run with spread arms. I just think that over-the-top celebrations are kind of shitty, particularly when the score was double digits and the celebrant was a veteran like Rapinoe or Lloyd who had over 400 caps and 11 World Cup goals between them before the game. I remember watching the Canadian women's hockey team plaster Slovakia 18-0 in the Vancouver Olympics, and by the end, they weren't exactly dancing the conga after each goal.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 1:32 PM on June 14 [1 favorite]

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