Women’s World Cup LIVE: Canada held by Nigeria before Spain in action

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Christine Sinclair missed a penalty and the chance to make World Cup history as Olympic champions Canada were held to a 0-0 draw by Nigeria on Friday.

Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie secured a valuable point for Nigeria, leaving Group B wide open, as she saved Sinclair’s penalty in the 50th minute at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. Sinclair is bidding to become the first player to score in six World Cups.

It means both teams trail Group B leaders Australia after Steph Catley’s penalty earned the co-hosts a narrow victory over the Republic of Ireland on the opening day. New Zealand claimed their first ever World Cup win, at their 16th attempt, as Hannah Wilkinson’s goal shocked group favourites Norway at a sold-out Eden Park.

Day two sees Switzerland take on World Cup debutants Philippines before Spain face Costa Rica in the opening match of Group C.

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


Women’s World Cup: England captain Millie Bright fit to start

England captain Millie Bright is fit to start tomorrow’s opening game against Haiti, Sarina Wiegman has confirmed.

The centre-back has not played a full match since March after undergoing knee surgery but has made a full recovery in time for England’s first game of the World Cup.

The Lionesses have a fully-fit squad ahead of playing Haiti and Wiegman said Bright is “absolutely” ready to start.

“We’re happy,” Wiegman said. “This was the plan. The plan worked and Millie is ready to play.”

England’s Millie Bright in training in Australia this week

(The FA via Getty Images)

Jamie Braidwood21 July 2023 07:11


HALF TIME! Women’s World Cup: Switzerland 1-0 Philippines

Bachmann’s penalty is the difference at the break, after the fourth spot-kick in as many games at this World Cup so far.

Philippines have been competitive on their first ever World Cup match, and were denied the opening goal by a clear offside.

(Getty Images)

Jamie Braidwood21 July 2023 06:54


GOAL! Women’s World Cup: Switzerland 1-0 Philippines

The penalty is converted by Ramona Bachmann, who has probably been the best player on the pitch so far. It’s harsh on Philippines, but Switzerland had started to increase the pressure and the goal did feel like it was coming.

Jamie Braidwood21 July 2023 06:48


PENALTY! Women’s World Cup: Switzerland 0-0 Philippines

Four matches at the World Cup, four penalties!

This time Switzerland have one, after Jessika Cowart catches Coumba Sow in the box with a late challenge. Was it enough to award the penalty? For me, no.

Jamie Braidwood21 July 2023 06:46


Women’s World Cup: Switzerland 0-0 Philippines

CHANCE! Switzerland are getting closer. Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic lifts a golden chance over the crossbar from six yards after a low ball across the face of goal. Switzerland are starting to get round the sides of the Philippines, who are hanging in there.

Jamie Braidwood21 July 2023 06:39


England make decision on armbands for Women’s World Cup matches

England captain Millie Bright will wear armbands advocating for inclusion, Indigenous People and gender equality in the Lionesses’ respective first three World Cup matches, the FA has confirmed.

Players have the choice of wearing one or more of eight FIFA-sanctioned armbands at this tournament, but not the rainbow OneLove design that sparked the threat of sanctions being issued to countries – including England and Wales – during the 2022 men’s World Cup in Qatar.

Should the Lionesses progress past the group stage, which begins with Saturday’s opener against Haiti, the player-led decision is for their skipper to switch out her armband to a new cause for each match.

Bright said: “As a group, we felt really strongly about all the causes, and we couldn’t separate one from the other. We feel that they are all important and deserve recognition and our support.

“We have only just come to a decision recently as we wanted to take time to process it all and to make sure we spoke collectively.”

Jamie Braidwood21 July 2023 06:30


NO GOAL! Women’s World Cup: Switzerland 0-0 Philippines

WHAT A MOMENT FOR THE PHILIPPINES! But no! It’s denied by the offside flag!

They thought they had taken the lead against Switzerland, as Katrina Guillou latched onto a long ball, rounded the goalkeeper and finished into the net!

But Guillou went too early, and the offside flag eventually goes up.

Jamie Braidwood21 July 2023 06:19


Women’s World Cup: Switzerland vs Philippines

We’re underway in Dunedin as Switzerland face World Cup debutants Philippines in Group A – which is wide open following New Zealand’s win over Norway yesterday.

Here’s how you can watch every World Cup game in the UK.

Jamie Braidwood21 July 2023 06:06


Women’s World Cup 2023: Canada 0-0 Nigeria

There was a red card later in the game for Nigeria’s Deborah Abiodun for this tackle on Ashley Lawrence. Fortunately Lawrence seemed to escape a serious injury.

Jamie Braidwood21 July 2023 06:01


Women’s World Cup 2023: Canada 0-0 Nigeria

Here’s the moment Chiamaka Nnadozie denied Canada and Christine Sinclair.

Jamie Braidwood21 July 2023 05:59

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