Women’s Soccer World Cup: Australia and New Zealand Win to Open

The World Cup of women’s soccer has begun in Australia and New Zealand and will run through August 20. On Thursday, the visiting teams triumphed in their opening contests. Norway was defeated 1-0 by New Zealand. It was New Zealand’s first-ever victory in the competition. Even missing one of the greatest players in the world, Sam Kerr, Australia overcame Ireland 1-0. When women’s soccer was still in its infancy, Norway had one of the best teams in the world, having won the World Cup in 1995. The team hasn’t played as well lately, though; it lost the 2019 competition and the 2022 European Cup early.

 

One of the players from New Zealand is Katie Bowen. When the game was over, she described it as “absolutely surreal” to see her team ahead. The incident in Auckland earlier in the day did not deter the players from New Zealand and Norway. A armed man broke into a building site close to the hotel where Norway was staying. He shot and killed two people before he was shot and killed by New Zealand police. Overwatch maintained vigilance throughout Eden Park stadium’s inaugural match. Chris Hipkins, the prime minister of New Zealand, was among the more than 40,000 attendees. He expressed gratitude to the squad for their “inspirational” opening performance of the competition.

 

Australia won the match thanks to a goal by Steph Catley on a penalty kick early in the second half. The announcement that Kerr will miss the opening two games of the tournament due to a leg ailment had worried Australian supporters. Viewers in a stadium designed for the 2000 Olympics numbered over 75,000 for the match. Without Kerr, who plays for Chelsea in the women’s professional league in England, Australia struggled to score. Australia plays Nigeria on July 27; New Zealand plays the Philippines on July 25.

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