Sydney: A penalty from stand-in captain Steph Catley earned Australia a winning start to their FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 campaign on Thursday as the co-hosts overcame the loss of talismanic striker Sam Kerr to hand the Republic of Ireland a 1-0 defeat at Stadium Australia.
Catley scored from the spot seven minutes into the second half for a team shorn of their most recognisable player after regular captain Kerr was ruled out due to a calf injury sustained in training on the eve of the game.
Vote for your All-time AFC Asian Cup™ Dream XI: Midfielders
Kuala Lumpur: With less than six months to go until the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™, the AFC invites fans to vote for their all-time AFC Asian Cup™ Dream XI in its latest campaign.
Fans can now view a shortlist of 42 contenders and select their all-time dream squad. The public votes will be combined with those of a panel of football experts to decide the Final Dream XI of the AFC Asian Cup™.
The fan whose squad matches the final selected Dream XI will get the chance to win a trip to the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ with a companion.
Kuala Lumpur: The wait for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 is finally over with the opening game between co-hosts New Zealand and Norway set to kick off in a matter of hours.
Australia will get Asia’s participation underway shortly after when they take on the Republic of Ireland later in the day, before Japan, China PR, Vietnam, the Philippines and Korea Republic open their campaigns in the coming days.
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Iconic trio to oversee FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 opener
Auckland: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s efforts to provide Asian match officials with the best resources to perform on the world’s highest stages marked another milestone when the Japanese trio of Yoshimi Yamashita, Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi were appointed to officiate the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.
The Group A match between co-hosts New Zealand and Norway at Auckland’s Eden Park Stadium on Thursday is set to kick off at 7pm local time.