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Switzerland Triumphs Over Debutants Philippines, While Nigeria Denies Christine Sinclair’s Historic Goal in Canada’s Draw

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The Women’s World Cup has begun in Australia and New Zealand with thrilling matches that have already captivated fans worldwide. Switzerland and Nigeria showcased their mettle in their opening fixtures, providing excitement and drama on the field.

Switzerland’s Strong Start: A 2-0 Victory over the Philippines

Switzerland started their World Cup journey with an impressive 2-0 win against debutants, the Philippines, sending them to the top of Group A alongside co-hosts New Zealand. A goal in each half secured the victory for the Swiss side in a match played in Dunedin.

Ramona Bachmann’s goal from a penalty late in the first half not only secured the lead for Switzerland but also etched her name as the all-time top scorer for Switzerland at the Women’s World Cup, surpassing Fabienne Humm’s previous record. In the second half, Seraina Piubel doubled Switzerland’s advantage, sealing their triumphant start to the tournament.

The Philippines fought valiantly, coming close to a stunning lead early in the game, but a flagged offside denied Katrina Gillou a historic moment. Despite the loss, the Philippines showcased their potential and determination as first-time participants in the prestigious tournament.

Switzerland’s next challenge awaits as they face Norway, while the Philippines will be determined to bounce back against co-hosts New Zealand.

Nigeria Holds Olympic Champions Canada to a Goalless Draw

In a highly anticipated clash, Olympic champions Canada faced Nigeria in Melbourne, resulting in an intense goalless draw. Nigeria, ranked 33 places below Canada, showcased resilience and skill, holding their higher-ranked opponents to a stalemate.

The match’s defining moment came when Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie, made an impressive penalty save, denying Canada’s veteran striker Christine Sinclair from adding to her remarkable goal-scoring record. Sinclair was vying to become the first player to score in six World Cups, a feat currently shared with Brazil’s Marta and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite Canada’s dominance, Nigeria’s tenacious defense and Nnadozie’s exceptional performance prevented the Olympic champions from securing an opening win. However, the match ended on a tense note, with Nigeria’s Deborah Abiodun receiving a red card after a VAR review for a high tackle on Ashley Lawrence during stoppage time.

Looking ahead, Nigeria will face hosts Australia in their next challenge, while Canada aims to claim their first victory against the Republic of Ireland, who narrowly lost 1-0 to Australia in the tournament opener.

Canada’s coach, Bev Priestman, acknowledged the intensity of tournament football and remains optimistic for the team’s future performances, emphasizing the importance of progress and staying focused on the next tasks.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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