Group A went into its second match day with each team sitting on one point and all to play for. The pressure was starting to grow on Brazil, who’s fans demand that they should win the only international tournament that haven’t won previously.
Brazil took on Iraq, who had drawn with Denmark on the opening day. Brazil’s performance was almost a mirror of their performance in the first game, a lot of shots, missed chances and lack of clinical finishing. Brazil had most of the possession and had a number of good chances throughout the game, Gabriel was stopped by Hameed in goal for Iraq, Renato Augusto hit the crossbar and later missed a sitter from inside the box. Brazil need to learn how to put the ball in the back of the net, four shots on target out of twenty shots is awful and their position in the competition is very precarious.
South Africa were unlucky to lose against Denmark in a game which saw the Scandinavian team shoot up to the top of the table. The game was a fairly even match and South Africa really could have got something from the game, had it not been for a superb performance by Hojbjerg in goal for Denmark.
These results leave the Group all to play for in the final round of games, Denmark sit top with four points but face Brazil, who need a result to even be in with a chance of making the knockout rounds. Iraq play South Africa, and a win there could see them qualify out of the group stage for the first time.