Again, New Zealand huffed and puffed, but again they couldn’t knock the door down to get a result against a world power at a major competition. It was pretty cruel on poor New Zealand, too, who marginalized Marta and frustrated Brazil, only to give up a goal five minutes from the end that was really unlucky and unnecessary from a New Zealand perspective. On the plus side, a win – particularly a lopsided one – over Cameroon should still see them get through to the quarterfinals, and at that point, who knows?
In its first match at a major competition, and one of their first outside of Africa, Cameroon gave up two goals on set pieces in the first 10 minutes against Brazil, and appeared to be ready to be on the end of a hiding. But the Indomitable Lionesses (have to use that as much as possible in the next couple of weeks) settled down and held Brazil at bay for the next 65 minutes. And then gave up three more in the last 15. But they can keep their heads up, and with a break or two, might give Great Britain or New Zealand some trouble. As for Brazil? We’re still guessing.