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After captain Sam Kerr was ruled out of her first two games at the Women’s World Cup through injury, Steph Catley’s penalty gave Australia a narrow win over the Republic of Ireland.

Gately took the armband from Kerr after the star player was sidelined by a calf injury during training the day before the tournament to ensure Australia’s successful start to the World Cup in front of more than 75,000 fans at the Sydney Olympic Stadium.

Earlier, co-hosts New Zealand claimed their first World Cup win in their 16th attempt as Hannah Wilkinson’s goal stunned group favorites Norway at Eden Park. It was a feat for New Zealand to celebrate a historic win, with over 45,000 in attendance, men or women.

The World Cup kick-off came hours after a shooting in Auckland left two dead and six injured. But the World Cup will “go ahead as planned” and New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said there was no risk to national security.

Follow the latest World Cup scores, updates and news on today’s live blog

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England’s World Cup poses a crucial question

Since arriving in Australia, Sarina Wikman has ramped up work on a new system that may not even be unveiled until the knock-out stages. England are not in a strong position right now, but at the same time there is an inherent acknowledgment that success in this World Cup is something that can still be proven.

Beyond the distraction of the bonus, it was reflected in the mood in Australia’s camp. There’s certainly no shortage of hope in Wiegman’s ability to come up with something particularly special. That’s another benefit of a feat like winning Euro 2022. It clears doubts and instills an incredibly powerful feeling that everything will go well because the manager knows what they’re doing. That’s why big games, like the quarter-final win over Spain, can seem like they’ll go exactly as Wiegmann predicted.

There is also the fact that the manager currently has one of the most talented squads in the world. For a long time, this looked like England’s long-awaited boom.

The question now is whether that moment comes at the wrong time.

Mike Jones20 July 2023 17:38

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Women’s World Cup Squads: Every Team and Key Players to Watch

The biggest tournament ever in Australia and New Zealand, the Women’s World Cup is finally here.

England head ‘Down Under’ full of confidence after their Euro triumph on home soil last summer, but it is set to inspire co-hosts Australia and their star forward Sam Kerr.

Everything you need to know ahead of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, including team guides, players and how to follow on TV.

Mike Jones20 July 2023 17:28

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Rachel Daly or Alessia Russo for England? I know who I will start in the World Cup

Kelly Smith explains who he thinks will lead England in their opener against Haiti:

‘Competitive football is about solving problems quickly and efficiently. As Sarina Wikman, assistant Arjan Werring and the rest of the coaching staff draw up plans to see off England’s World Cup opponents, a lot comes down to how teams react to what’s in front of them on the pitch.

‘That’s especially true when facing teams who like to sit deep against a side of England’s undoubted strength, where opening up the back lines with 10 or 11 behind the ball will be vital.

‘It will be important to take chances – against the cautious opponents England will face in the group stage when they play Haiti, Denmark and China. Scoring not only energizes you, but also changes the game, trying to get the opposition back forward, and has a psychological impact. There’s nothing more frustrating than defending well for 20 or 30 minutes and conceding from the first real chance…’

Mike Jones20 July 2023 17:19

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Courtney Brosnan says playing for the Republic gives her a ‘connection’ to her family

Goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan is sure his grandparents would be beaming with pride if they lived long enough to see him play in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup debut.

The Girls in Green opened their campaign against hosts Australia at 1100 BST in front of a sell-out crowd at Stadium Australia.

The Everton keeper is eligible for the Republic through his paternal grandparents, Margaret and Brendan, who were born in Roscommon and Kerry but later moved to America, where Brosnan was born and raised.

Mike Jones20 July 2023 17:13

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Who will threaten the Lions at the Women’s World Cup?

There is considerable excitement surrounding 19-year-old Melchie Dumornay, who has signed a pre-contract with European powerhouse Lyon ahead of the new season.

Haiti have nothing to lose in their World Cup debut, and with players like the exciting Dumorne, if they can balance their ambition with a defensive system, they have the talent to cause an upset.

Frenchman Nicolas Delepine helped spark scenes of national celebration as Haiti qualified for their first World Cup after beating Chile in the play-off final.

With the majority of the Haitian squad already playing for France, Delepine took the job from French club Grenoble Football 38 and wants his team to play fast, attacking football.

Mike Jones20 July 2023 17:06

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Who will threaten the Lions at the Women’s World Cup?

Shui Qingxia took charge of China after the 2021 Olympics and led China to victory in the 2022 Asian Cup, where they defeated Korea Republic in the final and Japan in the semi-finals.

A former midfielder who won five Asian Cups and an Olympic silver medal, Qingxia once again graced the team as China’s first female coach and manager. He admitted that their European opponents in Group D are ahead of China, but their Asian Cup victory should give them confidence.

China reached the World Cup final in 1999, losing to the United States during the team’s heyday.

China captain Wang Shanshan is a prodigy: a veteran striker with a knack for scoring important goals, the 33-year-old can help the team defend by playing at centre-back.

Mike Jones20 July 2023 17:00

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Who will threaten the Lions at the Women’s World Cup?

Denmark are making their first appearance at the Women’s World Cup since 2007 and will be desperate to make up for lost time. They will be hoping to test England in Group D and clinch a spot in the last-16.

Head coach Lars S√łndergaard will bid farewell to Denmark after the World Cup after seven years in charge, but recent wins over Norway, Japan and Sweden have boosted the team’s confidence. Sondergaard prefers to field a 3-4-3 formation that can switch to a 4-3-3 during successive attacks, asking his side to sit deep before breaking through on the counter-attack.

Bernille Harder, meanwhile, is one of the world’s best players and will be a familiar face to England fans after three successful seasons in the Women’s Super League with Chelsea, joining Chelsea for a world-record fee in 2020.

Mike Jones20 July 2023 16:54

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England World Cup fixtures: Full Lions schedule and road to finals

England are World Cup favorites to win the game’s biggest prize after the Lions overcame their triumph at last summer’s European Championships.

England have reached the semi-finals of the last World Cup in 2015 and 2019 and are dreaming of going one step further in Australia and New Zealand.

The Lions gained the valuable experience of winning a major title after their historic win on home soil at the Euros under Sarina Wickman.

The USA are looking to win their third straight World Cup, but England come into this summer’s tournament as the main contenders for their crown.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Mike Jones20 July 2023 16:48

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FIFA Women’s World Cup Matches and Full Schedule

England head to Australia and New Zealand as one of the favorites to win the Women’s World Cup after winning the European Championship on home soil last summer.

The Lionesses defeated Germany at a sold-out Wembley last year and established themselves as one of the strongest teams in the world under Sarina Wikmann.

The U.S. has won the last two World Cups and is the defending champion, beating the Netherlands coached by Wiegman at the 2019 World Cup in France. The Lions reached their second World Cup semi-final in a row, losing to the United States, but will be looking to go one step further this time.

Mike Jones20 July 2023 16:41

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Today in the World Cup

Irish debutantes fighting scene

The Matildas were expected to have an easier ride than their co-hosts, but Ireland were in no mood to secure a safe route to three points on their World Cup debut in Sydney.

After Marissa Sheva pushed Hayley Razo to the ground, Vera Pau’s freshmen were awarded a second-half penalty by Steph Catley.

Australia were without Chelsea forward Sam Kerr for their next game against Nigeria and struggled to break the Republic down in the first half with few chances.

Ireland manager Vera Baugh said: “Sam Kerr is definitely one of the best strikers in the world and we were surprised he didn’t play, but Australia have a lot of quick and attacking players so our game plan hasn’t changed.”

Mike Jones20 July 2023 16:33

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