Melbourne: With everything on the line for Australia, Steph Catley produced a captain’s performance to lead her country to a 4-0 victory against Canada in their final FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Group B match at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Monday.
Australia dominated from start to finish, taking a 2-0 lead thanks to Hayley Raso with Mary Fowler etching her name on the scoresheet in the second half before Melburnian and stand-in captain Catley added the fourth in added time to cap an impressive performance that sealed their place in the knockout stage as group winners.
Melbourne: Co-hosts Australia booked their place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 round of 16 as Group B winners following an emphatic 4-0 victory over Canada at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Monday.
Having suffered a set-back against Nigeria in the previous game, the Matlidas responded exceptionally in front of a large crowd in Melbourne, storming to their biggest-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup victory.
Wellington: Japan will face Norway in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Round of 16 after a stunning 4-0 victory over Spain at Wellington Regional Stadium on Monday saw them finish top of Group C.
In a hugely impressive display of counter-attacking football, Futoshi Ikeda’s Japan were three up by half-time as a Hinata Miyazawa double either side of Riko Ueki’s deflected goal had the 2011 champions in full control at the interval.
Substitute Mina Tanaka made it four in the final 10 minutes as Japan put the icing on the cake of a performance that will live long in the memory as they topped the standings with three wins from three while Spain progressed to the next round as runners-up.