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  • Writer's pictureBlayne Treadgold

World Cup 2023 Match Day 2 - Spain send big message to rivals after dominant win

Spain have stamped their authority on Group C and sent a big message to their rivals with an emphatic 3-nil win over Costa Rica.

Early dominance paid off for Spain just twenty minutes in as Costa Rican defender Valeria Del Campo bundled the ball into her own net following a mix-up with her goalkeeper, Daniela Solera

Just two minutes later, midfielder Aitana Bonmati made it 2-nil for Spain as she got herself out of a tight space to whip the ball and find the net past Solera.

Striker Esther Gonzalez then gave Spain a 3-goal buffer as she followed up a ball which rebounded off the cross-bar, with a emphatic finish.

Earlier in the day, a goal in each half saw Switzerland easily account for Philippines in Dunedin.

Despite Switzerland's domination, it took until just before half time to break the deadlock.

Defender Romona Bachman dispatched a spot kick following a VAR review for a Philippines foul inside the box on Swiss winger Coumba Sow to see Switzerland go into the break with the advantage.

It took until the 64th minute for Switzerland to double their lead as Philippines failed to to clear their lines and following a goalmouth scramble, it was Switzerland’s Sareina Piubel with the final touch to seal the 2-nil win.

Australia’s Matildas find themselves at the top of Group B as rivals Nigeria and Canada played out a scoreless draw to kick off Matchday 2.

Over 20,000 were in attendance at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium for the midday kick-off as both teams struggled to capitalise on their chances.

The best of them came for Canadian veteran Christine Sinclair who was denied a golden chance from the penalty spot by a brilliant save by Nigerian goalkeeper Chaimaka Nnadozie.

Canadian goalkeeper Cailen Sheridan was also in the action when she denied Uchenna Kanu from close range following a cross from Ifeoma Omumonu.

Match Day 3

World number 1, United States kick-off their campaign against Vietnam in Auckland and will attempt to become the first nation to win three consecutive World Cup Championships.

For Vietnam it looks to be all uphill as the Asian minnows will be entering their debut tournament with a huge lack of experience.

Later in the day will see the Group C clash between Zambia and Japan in Hamilton.

Zambia’s Copper Queens are certainly on the rise but will be against it when they take on the 2011 World Cup Winners with Japan having qualified for all nine editions of the tournament, not losing an opening match since 1995.

In the third match of Match Day 3, England will open their campaign against Haiti.

The European champions have been drawn favourably in Group D and should account for the Caribbean minnows comfortably at Lange Park in Brisbane.

In Perth, Denmark will host China in what is expected to be a near sold-out crowd at Perth Rectangular Stadium.

The 13th Ranked Danes will rely heavily on midfielder Pernille Harder as they battle China for what is likely to be the second qualifying position in Group D behind England.

Asian Cup Champions China will be hoping they can find some winning form following just two wins in their last seven matches.

Group E
United States v Vietnam
Eden Park - Auckland
9:00am WST

Group C
Zambia v Japan
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
15:00 WST

Group D
England v Haiti
Lange Park - Brisbane
17:30 WST

Group D
Denmark v China
Perth Rectangular Stadium
8:00pm Stay tuned to 91.3 SportFM throughout the day to keep up to date with all the daily news and score updates from the 2023 Women's World Cup thanks to the WA Electric Company.


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