Knockout Round Begins
The Women's World Cup moves into the single elimination knockout stage tomorrow, following a handful of surprise eliminations in group play. Two-time champion Germany, who entered ranked No. 2 in international competition, was bounced from the tournament after a 1-1 draw with South Korea. Separately, Brazil failed to advance from group play for the first time since 1995 after a 0-0 draw with Jamaica.
Despite sluggish performances in their last two games, the US national team made it to the next round (dodging a near miss in the final minutes against Portugal). Though the team entered with a number of new faces, the US started as the top-ranked team in the world and the favorites to win their third straight cup.
Oddsmakers peg the Americans as the second-most likely to finish on top, behind England. The US plays its next match early Sunday morning against Sweden (5 am ET, FOX); see a preview here.