This Women’s World Cup is rife with teams making their debut. Such teams are: Haiti, Morocco, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, Ireland, Vietnam and Zambia. The Irish played on Thursday, when in the first match they lost to the hosts, Australia 0: 1. On Friday, my first the historic match was played by the Filipinos and it almost ended in a sensation.
The team of the Philippines held a goalless draw with Switzerland for a long time. In the end, the deadlock was broken by a penalty kick enforced by Ramona Bachmann, a player Paris St. Germain. The score at 2:0 for Switzerland was set by Seraina Piubel from FC Zurich.
Women’s World Cup. Penalties missed
We also had penalties in other games and they were missed. Missing Christine Sinclair in Canada’s game against Nigeria resulted in a 0-0 draw. The Nigerians hugged their goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, who plays for FC Paris on a daily basis. Canada was the favorite of the match.
The Spaniards also missed. Jenifer Hermoso, the best scorer in the history of the Spanish team, did not use the eleven here, and saved her shot by Daniel Soler. However, this did not protect the Costa Ricans from a high loss to Spain, and the demolition of the American team began with a bizarre goal scored by Valeria del Campo. She intervened so that she bounced the ball from one leg to the other and it fell into the net.
And with more goals quickly added to the tally by Aitan Bonmati of FC Barcelona and Esther Gonzalez Rodriguez of Real Madrid, it looked as if the Spanish team, composed especially of players from these two clubs, would sweep Costa Rica to the size that the men’s team swept it at the recent World Cup in Qatar.
However, it ended 3-0, as after the break Spain saved their strength and tried to survive only with a high win until the end. Nevertheless, the Spaniards opened the tournament in an impressive way, claiming a high place.
The 2015 and 2019 world champions of the United States are defending their title, and will play against Vietnam, making their debut in the World Cup on Saturday. The vice-champions of the world are the Dutch, and the third place four years ago on French football fields was taken by the Swedes.
Friday match results: Canada – Nigeria 0-0, Switzerland – Philippines 2-0, Spain – Costa Rica 3-0
Matches on Sunday: USA – Vietnam (Saturday, 3 am Polish time), Japan – Zambia (9 am), England – Haiti (11.30 am), Denmark – China (2 pm). Broadcast on Viaplay