Women’s World Cupdate: Another Historic Day in France

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: Tuesday, June 18th

There has already been a lot of history made at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, but Tuesday was an especially busy day for the record books. All four teams in action from Group C made history whether individual or team wide.

Italy lost but still won Group C, the first time they have won their group at a Women’s World Cup. Sam Kerr of Australia scored four goals, making her the third player ever to do so at a Women’s World Cup. Marta converted a penalty for her 17th career World Cup goal, the most ever, man or woman. Jamaica were eliminated but hold their heads high after scoring its first ever Women’s World Cup goal.

Jamaica 1-4 Australia

Since dropping their opening to Italy and falling behind to Brazil, Australia has been on a roll and it all culminated in their 4-1 victory over Jamaica on Tuesday to send the Matildas to the Round of 16. Superstar forward Sam Kerr took care of the work offensively, while the Aussie defense kept Jamaica in check for most of the match.

Kerr opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a slick header, then added three more to become only the third player to ever score 4+ goals in a Women’s World Cup match, and the second this tournament joining United States forward Alex Morgan. All was not lost for Jamaica even though they will not be advancing. Early in the second half, Havana Solaun found herself behind the defense and found enough daylight to slide the ball far post to score Jamaica’s first ever goal at a Women’s World Cup.

With the three goal victory over Jamaica, combined with the four goals scored, Australia was able to jump Brazil for second place in Group C and meeting with Norway in the Round of 16. Jamaica exits the tournament with no wins, but they will carry the high of their first Women’s World Cup goal and knowing they represented their country proudly.

Goals

  • Sam Kerr | AUS (11′, 42′, 69′, 83′)
  • Havana Solaun | JAM (49′)

Highlights

Italy 0-1 Brazil

There were many possible group outcomes for Brazil entering their third group match against Italy and all seemed possible at one time or another. Anywhere from winning the group to potentially being eliminated was in play, but when the final whistle blew, Brazil were into the Round of 16, defeating Italy 1-0.

It was a historic day on both sides of the pitch. First, Marta became the highest goal scorer, man or woman, in World Cup history, scoring her 17th career World Cup goal on a penalty in the second half. Her penalty attempt was awarded after contact in the box between and Italian defender and Brazilian forward sent the forward to the ground. Marta easily scored on her shot and it proved to be the difference maker in the match.

Even with the loss, Italy still won Group C with their superior goal differential, the first time they have ever won a group at a FIFA Women’s World Cup. They will now move onto the Round of 16 where they will face the third place finisher Nigeria or China. It looked as if Brazil was going to snag the second place spot with the win, but a late goal by Australia in their 4-1 win relegated Brazil to third place. They will have to wait and see how the rest of Matchday 3 plays out before they know their opponent for the Round of 16.

Goals

  • Marta | BRA (74′ PEN)

Highlights


Plays of the Day

A lot of history was made on Tuesday across the pair of Group C matches that took place. Sam Kerr had her World Cup coming out party, Jamaica goes home as history makers, and Marta adds her name to another World Cup record.

Sam Kerr (Australia)

Sam Kerr did everything in her power to make sure her Australia side not only qualified for the knockout rounds, but did so as the second place team from a competitive Group C. She becomes just the third player in history to score 4+ goals in a Women’s World Cup match.

Havana Solaun (Jamaica)

Jamaica were eliminated from the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday but they still made history. Havana Solaun completed a nice run with a perfect finish to give Jamaica its first ever Women’s World Cup goal.

Marta (Brazil)

Earlier this tournament, Marta became the only player to score in five different World Cup tournaments. On Tuesday, she added another record to her ledger, scoring her 17th career World Cup goal, the highest ever by one player, man or woman.


Group Update

It may not have looked like it when the groups were drawn back in December, but Group C turned out to be the dreaded ‘Group of Death’ for this tournament. Three teams advance, all with six points.

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Goal differential was good enough to send Italy to its first group victory at a Women’s World Cup while Australia edged out Brazil for second with more ‘goals for’ through three matches.

Advancing to knockout rounds: France (A), Norway (A), Germany (B), Spain (B), China (B), Italy (C), Australia (C), Brazil (C), England (D), Japan (D), Netherlands (E), Canada (E), Sweden (F), United States (F)


Third Place Standings

Here’s a quick look at the third place standings:

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Brazil and China are safely through with six matches yet to play in Matchday 3 to determine the other two nations who will join them in the Round of 16.


Knockout Bracket

Here’s how the knockout round bracket is shaping up after Tuesday’s matches:

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Here’s What’s Next: Wednesday, June 19th

Halfway through Matchday 3 and there still a lot left to settle before the knockouts begin this weekend. Group D is next up and there is a lot on the line for everyone involved. From living up to expectations to making history, Group D will provide the drama across a pair of matches on Wednesday.

Japan v. England (Group D)

England and Japan both came to France with dreams of lifting the trophy in Lyon. Now the two heavyweights meet in Nice to decide who wins Group D. England comes in to the match on top of the group with six points, meaning all they need is a draw to win the group. It’s just a clear cut for Japan, but the task is much more difficult, needing on outright win over England to take the top spot.

  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Location: Stade de Nice (Nice)
  • How to Watch: FS1

Scotland v. Argentina

Perhaps the biggest women’s soccer game in history for either nation in this match. A win from Argentina puts them into the knockout rounds for the first time ever, a win for Scotland does the same in their inaugural Women’s World Cup. A draw will not suffice for either side, so expect plenty of action as they go for goals in hopes of getting that historic victory.

  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Location: Parc de Princes (Paris)
  • How to Watch: FS2

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.


Advancement Scenarios

Here are all the advancement scenarios for teams in Group D playing on Wednesday.

Group D

England: The Lionesses have booked a spot in the knockouts, now they just need to wrap up Group D. A win or draw against Japan will accomplish that.

Japan: Like England, already qualified for the knockouts, but they still have a shot to win Group D if they can manage to beat England on Wednesday.

Argentina: Simply the biggest game in history for women’s soccer in Argentina. Defeat Scotland and they advance to the Round of 16 for the first time in history. Lose or draw and they crash out of the tournament.

Scotland: A win over Argentina will not guarantee Scotland a spot in the knockouts, but it will put them in a pretty solid position to advance. Lose or draw and they head home.


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

Alex Morgan now has company at the top of the Golden Boot race. Sam Kerr scores four against Jamaica to move into a tie with Morgan. All-time leading World Cup scorer Marta joins the Top 10 with her penalty against Italy.


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.

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