Perth: Manchester United forward Adriana Leon ignited Canada's FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 campaign on Wednesday with the winner in a 2-1 victory to end Ireland's hopes at the Perth Rectangular Stadium.
The pressure was on Olympic champions Canada after being held to a goalless draw against Nigeria but they fought back after being stunned in the fourth minute when Arsenal midfielder Katie McCabe scored direct from a corner, much to the delight of the 17,065 fans, most of whom were loudly cheering for Ireland despite the rain.
But Canada clawed back through an own goal from Megan Connolly just before half-time before Leon provided the winner in the 53rd minute which ended Ireland's hopes of progressing on their World Cup debut.
Auckland: Jennifer Hermoso and Alba Redondo both scored twice as Spain qualified for the last 16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 with a 5-0 win over Zambia on Wednesday, a result that also propelled Japan into the knockout phase.
The fit-again Alexia Putellas was handed a start by Spain coach Jorge Vilda and she played a part in early goals by Teresa Abelleira and Hermoso at Eden Park before substitute Redondo scored twice in the second half, either side of another Hermoso goal as Spain cruised to victory.
Japan had beaten Costa Rica 2-0 earlier and they and Spain, have a better goal difference, are now locked on six points each and need just a draw to finish in first place when the sides clash in Wellington.
Zambia are already condemned to a first-round exit in their debut appearance at the World Cup after a second successive 5-0 hammering.
Group C: Japan beat Costa Rica to book knockout stage spot
Dunedin: Japan booked their FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 knockout stage spot after a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in Group C on Wednesday.
The 2011 world champions place was confirmed after Spain defeated Zambia 5-0 later on Wednesday, as both teams took their tally to six points with their meeting on Monday to decide the group winners.
A dominant Japan opened the scoring through Hikaru Naomoto in the 25th minute and Aoba Fujino doubled the lead almost immediately after as the East Asians maintained their fine form from their Matchday One 5-0 victory over Zambia.
Bolden just happy to be part of Philippines history
Wellington: It should have come as no surprise that the Philippines’ first ever goal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup would be scored by Sarina Bolden.
The 27-year-old has, after all, been at the heart of the Filipinas rapid rise which culminated with the Southeast Asian side sealing a place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.
Bolden scored the winning spot-kick in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 quarter-final triumph over Chinese Taipei, a victory that sealed Alen Stajcic’s squad the historic FIFA Women’s World Cup berth and on Tuesday, the midfielder rose above the New Zealand defence to nod home the only goal of their Group A tie at the Wellington Regional Stadium.
Bell champions Casey Phair as the future of Korea Republic
Sydney: Head coach Colin Bell has labelled Casey Phair as the future of women’s football in Korea Republic after the 16-year-old became the youngest player in history to appear at the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.
The United States-raised striker, who turned 16 on June 29, was introduced as a substitute for Choe Yu-ri in the 78th minute of the 2-0 loss against Colombia in the Group H match at Sydney Football Stadium, to break the record previously held by Nigeria’s Ifeanyi Chiejine.