Adelaide: Wang Shuang’s penalty 16 minutes from time ensured China PR kept their FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 campaign alive with a 1-0 win over Haiti at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday despite playing for more than an hour with only 10 players.
Wang, introduced form the bench for the second half by coach Shui Qingxia, struck from the spot after referee Marta Huerta was advised to award a penalty by VAR officials when Zhang Linyan was upended in the penalty area by Ruthny Mathurin.
The goal came after the Chinese had played 50 minutes with 10 players following Zhang Rui’s sending off for a dangerous challenge on Haiti’s Sherly Jeudy and the Steel Roses were staring at elimination after England’s earlier 1-0 win over Denmark.
But the penalty decision, made after Huerta had originally awarded a free kick to Haiti after an incorrect offside call on Zhang, swung the game in China PR’s favour and Shui’s side now face England in Adelaide on Tuesday with their hopes of a place in the Round of 16 intact.
Sydney: European champions England stood on the brink of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 last 16 after a Lauren James cracker in the sixth minute gave them a 1-0 win over Denmark on Friday.
But an otherwise hugely satisfactory night for England in front of just over 40,000 fans in Sydney was marred by what looked like a serious knee injury to influential midfielder Keira Walsh.
On a night of mixed emotions, Sarina Wiegman's side will seal their place in the knockout rounds if Asian champions China PR fail to beat debutants Haiti later Friday.
Kuala Lumpur: The Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 and Round 2 draw for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ was conducted at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
Teams across Asia found out who their opponents are, in the battle to reach the Finals of two of the premier national competitions in the world of football.
the-AFC.com caught up with head coaches Philippe Troussier (Vietnam), Kim Pan-gon (Malaysia) and Aleksandar Jankovic (China PR), who were all in attendance for the draw to find out their reactions to the upcoming Asian Qualifiers that are scheduled to begin on October 12 .
Kerr to be given until last minute to prove fitness
Brisbane: Australia's captain Sam Kerr will be given until the last minute to prove her fitness for their must-win FIFA Women's World Cup clash against Canada on Monday, head coach Tony Gustavsson says.
The prolific striker missed Australia's opening two games - a 1-0 win over Ireland and Thursday's shock 3-2 loss to Nigeria - with a calf injury.
With the co-hosts' hopes of reaching the last 16 now in jeopardy, Gustavsson is desperate to have the Chelsea forward available.
Group G: Argentina comeback denies South Africa first win at Women's World Cup
Dunedin: Romina Nunez scored the equaliser as Argentina roared back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with South Africa at the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023, denying them a landmark first-ever win at the tournament.
South Africa appeared to be cruising to a first ever win in five matches at the World Cup after goals by Linda Motlhalo and Thembi Kgatlana either side of half-time in Dunedin.
Hamilton: Vietnam's FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 hopes may have ended on Thursday but head coach Mai Duc Chung said the experience his players have gained can only mean good for the development of the sport in the Southeast Asian country.
Goals by Telma Encarnacao and Kika Nazareth secured Portugal a 2-0 win at the Waikato Stadium as Vietnam fell to their second defeat, having lost 3-0 to defending world champions the United States in their opening Group E match.