Women's World Cup Groups 2015: Updated Standings, Tables After Thursday Matches

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2015

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 11: a general view of Lansdowne Stadium during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group B match between Cote d'Ivoire and Thailand on June 11, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada.  (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)
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After a day off, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup recommenced with Groups A and B taking the pitch. Among those back in action were the hosts, Canada, as they took on New Zealand, and the No. 1-ranked Germans, who were coming off of a double-digit victory, taking on a familiar foe in Norway. 

Group B provided a matchup of two newcomers to the World Cup in Thailand and the Ivory Coast. Both sides were coming off of big losses, the Ivorians more so than Thailand. 

Continue below for the complete updated group table and a look into all of the day's happenings.

2015 Women's World Cup Group Table

New Zealand2011-11
Cote D'Ivoire2002-110
United States110023
Costa Rica101001
South Korea1001-20

Germany vs. Norway 1-1

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 11: Maren Mjelde #6 of Norway celebrates her goal on a direct kick with team mates during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group B match between Germany and Norway at Lansdowne Stadium on June 11, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada.  (Photo by
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These teams have a history.

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Norway defeated Germany in the 1995 Women's World Cup final 2-0 after losing the 1991 final to the United States. Germany got their revenge in the 2007 semifinals, disposing of the Norwegians 3-0 on their way to a second consecutive World Cup championship.

The Germans were heavy favorites after a 10-0 thrashing of the Ivory Coast on Matchday 1. Which is why a 1-1 draw thanks to the brilliance of Norway's Maren Mjelde was somewhat surprising.

Germany jumped out of the gates and provided heavy pressure from the opening whistle. They did not have to wait long, as Anja Mittag pounced on a rebound and slotted it in to put the world's top-ranked team in front. 

It was her fourth goal of the tournament, and she leads all scorers. 

The Germans continued to dominate, missing a plethora of chances in the first half. Norway managed to escape the German onslaught after conceding and took the opportunity to build their offense.

Their best and first chances of the half came moments before the halftime whistle, forcing a pair of saves from Nadine Angerer, including one she had to push off the crossbar from a corner. It was their first shots of the game. Germany had 19 at that point.

Mjelde provided the goal of the tournament so far, curling a dipping free kick from 18 yards out into the top left corner of the goal in the 61st minute. All Angerer could do was watch, as she was rooted to her spot and could only admire Norway's equalizer. She wasn't the only one. Yahoo Sports Canada's Andrew Bucholtz was just as enamored.

Germany outshot Norway 27-4 on the day and dominated a majority of the game but were only rewarded with a point.

With both teams at four points after two matches, Germany leads with their superior plus-10-goal differential.

China vs. Netherlands 1-0

EDMONTON, AB - JUNE 11: Wang Lisi #21 hugs teammate Lou Jiahui #16 of China after she scored the game winning goal while Merel Van Dongen #15 of Netherlands walks away during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada Group A match between China and Netherlands at
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Chinese domination almost didn't lead to three points. It was not until a second-half stoppage-time winner from Lisi Wang that China secured their points, getting their production from the young ranks. Wang, who is 23, slotted home the goal with an assist from another youngster who, according to ESPN FC's Christopher Atkins, is doing just fine leaving her mark.

Ranked 16th in the world, China monopolized the flow of play and had countless chances. 

They just couldn't convert. 

Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal was extremely busy. She was forced into eight saves as China launched 27 shot attempts toward her goal.

Tang Jiali struck the crossbar, and Ma Jun missed a gaping net in the final three minutes.

It was not until the 91st minute that Wang provided the breakthrough. She managed to get on the end of a long ball by Tan Ruyin that seemed to lazily make its way into the Dutch box.

A light touch by Wang managed to get past Van Veenendaal, who was out for a stroll, and roll into the net, giving China their first points of the World Cup.

Cote D'Ivoire vs. Thailand 2-3

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 11: Orathai Srimanee #13 of Thailand watches the ball cross the goal line as she scores her second goal of the game against Cote d'Ivoire during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Group B match between Cote d'Ivoire and Thailand at L
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After a 10-0 drubbing at the hands of Germany, the Ivory Coast looked to show they belonged at the FIFA Women's World Cup against a Thailand side that was also still looking for their first ever World Cup goal.

What proceeded was a gripping 3-2 Thailand win in what Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl said is making a statement to world soccer. 

The Ivory Coast was first off the marks and onto the scoresheet with a goal in the fourth minute through Ange N'Guessan. The Ivorian goalscorer was able to take advantage of a series of failed Thailand clearances. 

In a sloppy display from both sides, Thailand rattled off three unanswered goals. Orathai Srimanee provided the equalizer in the 26th minute as Thailand began to take the game over. 

Ines Nrehy had a wide-open goal for the Ivory Coast one minute into first-half stoppage time, but her attempt rang off the post. Thailand took advantage of their good fortune, scoring two minutes later into stoppage time.

Thanatta Chawong gave Thailand a two-goal advantage after an offsides call was missed and Ivorian defenders missed a cross that bounced conveniently across the path of two of them. Josee Nahi set up an interesting finish, pulling one back in the 88th minute to make it 3-2, but Thailand held on for their first ever World Cup win.

Canada vs. New Zealand 0-0

EDMONTON, AB - JUNE 11: Christine Sinclair #12 of Canada keeps the ball from Rebekah Stott #6 of New Zealand during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada Group A match between Canada and New Zealand at Commonwealth Stadium on June 11, 2015 in Edmonton, Albert
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Canada will have to wait a little longer to move on to the next round. In need of a win to advance, they could only muster a goalless draw to New Zealand. It is the second time in New Zealand's 11-game World Cup history that they have drawn. They have never won.

A rain delay suspended play for almost half an hour in the game's first minute. As play restarted, the chances, just like the rain, were sparse in the first half, but New Zealand was rewarded a fantastic one.

Defender Allysha Chapman fouled Hannah Wilkinson in the box to give New Zealand a penalty kick. Amber Hearn stepped up and rang her chance off the crossbar in what became the best chance of the match, especially for SiriusXM's Trevor Hayward.

Canada had a chance on a corner in the 43rd minute that was saved by Erin Nayler. 

Nayler was put to work quickly at the start of the second half. Christine Sinclair sent a volley that the New Zealand keeper was able to push off the crossbar in a diving effort.

Sophie Schmidt rang a free-kick off the crossbar from 30 yards out, just feet away from the near touchline in the 72nd minute. 

New Zealand was getting their best chances through long balls into the box. Canada seemed indecisive with their clearances, as they almost gifted New Zealand a goal in the 75th minute. 

Sinclair then sent in Melissa Tancredi down the left side in the 77th, but a low shot was weak and right into Nayler's body.

Canadian pressure mounted as Josee Belanger sent a low ball into the box in the 85th minute that Tancredi got on the end of. But her shot went inches wide. 

 Stats courtesy of FIFA.com