Women’s World Cupdate: Goals Galore

Welcome to your daily 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup update, or Women’s World Cupdate, where we recap the past day’s proceedings from France while previewing what is still to come. These features will run every morning throughout the duration of the tournament and feature highlights, major news, and much more from France.

Here’s What Happened: Sunday, June 9th

After a day of close calls on Saturday, an underdog was able to break through and get a result on Sunday. Italy, returning to the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 20 years, came from behind and defeated Australia with two second half goals, including one five minutes into added time.

In the other games, Brazil dispatched an overmatched Jamaica squad making their Women’s World Cup debut thanks to a hat trick from Cristiane in the absence of Marta. England began their tournament with a solid 2-1 victory over rivals Scotland who were also making their Women’s World Cup debut in the process.

Australia 1-2 Italy

Twenty years Italy waited for their return to the Women’s World Cup and they made it count on Sunday against Australia. The game did not start out exactly has Italy would have hoped, committing a foul in the box that resulted in a penalty kick. The actual penalty was saved but Sam Kerr jumped on the rebound for Australia’s opening goal in the 22nd minute.

With Australia’s wide open style of play, Italy was able to hit them on the counter all game long and it paid off in the second half. Barbara Bonansea pulled the Azzurri even in the 56th minute, capitalizing on a lackluster Aussie defensive effort to create a turnover and score. Bonansea struck again late, heading in a free kick at the death to push Italy in front and give them a crucial three points in Group C.


  • Sam Kerr | AUS (22′ PEN)
  • Barbara Bonansea | ITA (56′, 90’+5′)


Brazil 3-0 Jamaica

No Marta, no problem for Brazil who rode a hat trick from Cristiane to overcome debutants Jamaica 3-0 in their opening group stage match. Jamaica is one of the best stories at this Women’s World Cup, but on the field they were no match for a deep Brazilian team who played on the front foot for most of the contest.

Cristiane opened the scoring early in the first half and that was more than enough to snag all three points. Jamaica was able to stop a penalty kick in the first half but could not gain any momentum from the save. In the second half, Cristiane broke through twice more, including a stunning free kick, to seal her hat trick and the win for Brazil.


  • Cristiane | BRA (15′, 50′, 64′)


England 2-1 Scotland

In a rivalry almost as old as time itself, England bested newcomers Scotland in their opening round match of Group D on Sunday. It was a quick start for the Lionesses who jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half then held off Scotland in the second half to claim all three points and the early group lead.

Nikita Parris put England on top in the 14th minute with a clinical penalty then Ellen White doubled the advantage just before halftime. Scotland kept pushing in the second half to try and claw back into the game and were rewarded for their efforts late. Claire Emslie stole the ball in the penalty box and slotted a shot into the net for Scotland’s first Women’s World Cup goal. In the end, it was not enough as England saw the game out and clinched all three points.


  • Nikita Parris | ENG (14′ PEN)
  • Ellen White | ENG (40′)
  • Claire Emslie | SCO (79′)


Goals of the Day

Nine goals on Sunday marked the highest scoring day to date and it gives us plenty to pick from for our “Goals of the Day” honors. Today we have a clutch late goal to push the Italians in front, a stunning free kick to complete a hat trick, and a historic first from Scotland.

Barbara Bonansea (Italy)

Twenty years is a long time to wait between World Cup appearances but Barbara Bonansea helped alleviate some of the pain with this header at the death to give Italy a vital victory over Australia.

Cristiane (Brazil)

Without Marta at their disposal, Brazil needed others to step up and it was Cristiane coming to the rescue with a hat trick against Jamaica. Her first two goals were more than enough to secure the three points, but Cristiane put an exclamation point on her afternoon with this stunning free kick to seal the hat trick.

Claire Emslie (Scotland)

Playing in their first Women’s World Cup game, Scotland were heavy underdogs against pre-tournament favorite and historical rival England. For most of the contest, Scotland struggled to get anything going offensively against the England defense but Claire Emslie broke through late off a turnover to score Scotland’s first goal at a Women’s World Cup.

Group Update

It was Group C and Group D turn to get in on the action in France and the games did not disappoint. Group C has now completed their entire first matchday of group action while England and Scotland opened play for Group D.

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Brazil and Italy took all three points from their respective matches but it is Brazil sitting on top with the +3 goal differential. Australia entered the tournament with high hopes and now they will need a result against Brazil to keep those hopes alive.

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England is another team playing with high expectations for this tournament and they answered the bell on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over rival Scotland to sit atop Group D for the moment. Japan and Argentina meet on Monday to begin their tournament.

Here’s What’s Next: Monday, June 10th

After two days of triple-headers, Monday is a bit of a slow down with only a pair of games on the docket. Argentina and Japan meet to open the day’s play and wrap up the first round of group play for Group D. Canada and Cameroon will provide the follow-up action as they open up play for a deep Group E.

Argentina v. Japan (Group D)

Argentina will make its return to the Women’s World Cup for the first time since 2007 when they take on Japan in Group D. Japan won the title in 2011 then finished runner-up in 2015, but they come to France looking to prove they are still a world power. With England winning their opening match, it will be important for Japan to keep pace if they wish to win the group.

  • Time: 12:00 PM
  • Location: Parc de Princes (Paris)
  • How to Watch: FS1

Canada v. Cameroon (Group E)

Cameroon is back in the Women’s World Cup looking to build off their Round of 16 performance four years ago. In their way stands Canada who have plans of taking home some hardware at this tournament. This is a big matchup to open a competitive Group E where you can make a case for any side to advance to the next round.

  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Location: Stade de la Mosson (Montpellier)
  • How to Watch: FS1

You can watch all these games live on the channels listed or streaming online at FoxSports.com with a cable sign in.

If highlights are more your style, check out @FOXSoccer on Twitter where goals and game recaps are posted throughout the day.

All game times are listed in Eastern Standard Time.

Golden Boot Standings

The Golden Boot Award goes to the top goal scorer at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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via FIFA.com

A flurry of goals on Sunday added a few new names to the Golden Ball list, but it was Cristiane from Brazil jumping to the top following her hat trick effort against Jamaica. Barbara Bonansea moves into a tie for second with her brace against Australia.

Keep up to date on everything Women’s World Cup right here on “The Bat Flip” where we will be posting our daily Women’s World Cupdate to recap what went on and preview what’s still to come in France.