Today, July 31, day 12 of the Women’s World Cup 2023 has commenced with an exciting double header between notable women football giants.
Japan and Spain clashed in a heavyweight showdown in Group C, with both teams already securing their spot in the Round of 16.
Japan has made five changes to their lineup, while Spain, determined to make a statement, had to make one forced change due to injury.
Costa Rica and Zambia faced off in a match where both teams were still seeking their first World Cup victory and a chance to score their first goal in the tournament.
While the match was technically a dead rubber, the desire for World Cup points was immeasurable.
Later, as the match progressed, Australia took on Olympic champions Canada in a high-stakes encounter.
A victory for Australia would secure their passage to the knockout stages, making it a must-win match for the co-hosts.
The fitness of star striker Sam Kerr was uncertain, adding to the anticipation surrounding the game.
In another fixture, Nigeria faced the Republic of Ireland in their final group stage match in two days.
While Ireland had been knocked out of the tournament, Nigeria had the chance to secure their spot in the knockout stage with a positive result, as they sat at the top of Group A.
The day also marked the anniversary of the Lionesses’ Euro 2022 triumph, and the victory’s lasting legacy was highlighted by chief football writer Jack Lacey-Hatton.
During the matches, Costa Rica started to gain momentum just before halftime against Zambia.
They recognized the importance of neutralizing B.Banda to disrupt Zambia’s attacking efforts.
In the Japan vs. Spain game, Japan dominated the first half, outclassing and outplaying Spain.
Miyazawa’s brilliant goals contributed to Japan’s 3-0 lead, leaving Spain with a challenging task to mount a comeback. However, we still have a few minutes to left to see the final outcome of the match.
Fans are engaged and eagerly following the action through the live blog, with expectations high for more thrilling encounters in the upcoming matches.