August 5, 2023

Women’s World Cup LIVE updates: Former champions Japan and Norway to battle for quarter-final spot; Spain through after Switzerland demolition

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Japan score! But it’s a Norway own goal.

Wow, another own goal for the day.

It’s Norway’s score but Japan’s goal on the board.

Japan 1, Norway 0.


Japan creating opportunities

Japan have been the more attacking side so far this match. They’ve had three corners to none and although are without a goal to show from them, have been better at creating more opportunities to score.

Norway’s defence, however, are looking solid.

Japan 0, Norway 0.


Japan with early pressure

Japan have made some early advances but not much has come from them. They won a corner but it was short and quickly cleared.

They’ve had a few attempts but been far off target. While they were clinical in their group stage matches, Norway are proving a more challenging foe.

Japan 0, Norway 0.


Japan, Norway under way

Former Women’s World Cup champions Japan and Norway have kicked off their clash in Wellington.

Japan are yet to concede a goal this tournament and put eleven away, while Norway have long been a powerhouse in European football but stumbled early with a loss to New Zealand before regathering composure and beating the Philippines 6-0 in the group stage.

Who do you think will head to the quarter-finals, and who will go home after tonight?


‘Cooney-Cross bro’: The shy Matildas midfielder demanding international attention

By Emma Kemp

It was the second half of Australia’s rapacious 4-0 defeat of Canada when Ian Wright tweeted: “Cooney-Cross bro”. He followed it with numerous positive emojis.

Kyra Cooney-Cross won widespread praise for her performance driving Australia’s midfield against Canada.Credit: AP

After the game, the Arsenal great told the world what he thought of the Matildas midfielder. “Can I just say: [Kyra] Cooney-Cross? Player. I’ve already tried to tap her up,” he said on The Ringer’s Counter Pressed podcast.

He wasn’t wrong, and he also hasn’t been the only one publicly singing the 21-year-old’s praises. According to reports, she has also piqued the interest of Chelsea, Manchester United, Juventus and Lyon. World Cups and shop windows and all that.

The fire has burned bright since she stepped into the national team in 2021, but more recently has become a regular starter. In many ways she represents what the Matildas have been missing in midfield: a strong, aggressive partnership between two players in the form of their lives.

That partnership is with Katrina Gorry, who, at 30, is almost a decade older, and it symbolises the generational shift of a star-studded team building the depth it had sorely needed for the transition to come.

Read full article here.


Move over Socceroos: Matildas’ mighty deeds are a real game-changer

By Peter FitzSimons

I’ll say it again. The significance of the Matildas’ triumph over Canada this week – beating the Olympic champions – goes far beyond the fact it put them through to the round of 16 match against Denmark on Monday evening in Sydney.

For my money, and I suspect yours, it leapfrogs them in the nation’s consciousness well over and above the Socceroos. And, right now, they feel very close to being something like Australia’s team.

The woman who masterminded the US’s triumphs at the past two Women’s World Cups believes Sam Kerr and the Matildas have what it takes to do the same.Credit: Getty

If they can beat Denmark to make the quarter-finals, at least, that position will be consolidated. The game has changed and this decade will continue to see the rise of women’s team sports in this country – most particularly when they win in serious global competitions. Watch this space – it is, with the zeitgeist, ever more female. And continued success by the Matildas will make the NRL and AFL look positively provincial by comparison.

Read full comment piece here.


Your view: Who win, Japan or Norway?


Let’s take a look: Japan v Norway

Time to turn our attention to the second round of 16 match of the day: Japan v Norway.

And get the popcorn ready. We’ve got two former Women’s World Cup champions going head-to-head.

Come tomorrow, one will have their spot locked in for the quarter-finals and the other will be packing their bags home.

Japan had a close to perfect journey through the group stage, notching eleven goals and conceding none. They beat Zambia 5-0, Costa Rice 2-0 and iced their group run with a 4-0 victory over Spain. With that performance, they naturally topped their group.

Japan celebrate after scoring their third goal against Spain.Credit: Reuters

Norway, on the other hand, stumbled early with a 1-0 defeat to co-hosts New Zealand in their opening clash before switching into gear and finishing the stage with a 6-0 win over the Philippines. In between was a 0-0 draw with Switzerland and the three results culminated in a second-place finish.

The second-tier finished wasn’t as well as expected from the powerhouse in women’s football, who have long been a talent factory in Europe, and they’ll no doubt be looking to make a statement today.

Norway were stunned after their defeat to New Zealand.Credit: Reuters


Spain through to their first quarter-final after comprehensive win over Switzerland

Spain are heading to their first quarter-final in Women’s World Cup history after a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Switzerland in the first round of 16 game.

After the Swiss came into the day having not conceded a single goal this tournament, they were absolutely put to the wire by Spain. Their only goal of the game came from a Spain own goal.

Spain had 26 shots on goal, ten on target, while Switzerland had just two, with one of those on target. Anther telling stat of the day was Spain having 70 per cent of the possession with the Swiss unable to get any feet to the ball.

Spain will return to Wellington on Friday for their quarter-final.

Switzerland 1, Spain 5 FT.

Spain v SwitzerlandCredit: X07092


Four minutes of additional time

There are four minutes of additional time to be played.

While a victory looks all but out of the realm of possibility for Switzerland, they can still buy back another goal.

For Spain, they can take a bit of the gas off as they know the win is theirs

Switzerland 1, Spain 5.

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