IFFHS DAILY NEWS - FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP 2023 - DAY 3


Picture : Melchie Dumornay, Haiti's young star, made a great performance against England and Georgia Stanway, who scored the winning goal.


IFFHS DAILY NEWS – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2023 

 

DAY 3




 Sophia Smith scored twice !


9 -  USA – VIETNAM  3-0    (GROUP E)

 

Eden Park Auckland. 41 107 spectators. Half time : 2-0. Referee : Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco).

Goals for USA : Sophia Smith (14’, 45+7’), Lindsey Horan (77’).


FACTS AND STATS

 

-       27 – 0 for the shots, 3-0 for the final result : the reigning FIFA World Cup champion USA dominated the game with 70% possession, but many chances wasted !

-       Alex Morgan made an assist for Smith’s 1-0, but failed to score her 10th goal in a World Cup final stage in converting a penalty, saved by Vietnam’s Goalkeeper Kim Tranh Tran Thi, who was the best player of her team !

-       Sophia Smith, the young and talented striker of Portland Thorns, was crowned as the Best Player in USA last year. She was the matchwinner for USA, scoring two goals and assisting the third goal !

-       Vietnam and USA have each 22 of the 23 squad to play in their national league. Only Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, France) for USA and Nhu Huynh (Vilaverdense, Portugal) for Vietnam, are the exceptions.

-       It was a historical day for Vietnam, the first game in a World Cup Final Stage (men and women included) !

-       Megan Rapinoe recorded today her 200th international cap (63 goals) when she replaced Alex Morgan (208 caps, 121 goals, 50 assists) ! Two Queens of USA National Team !

 



 Two goals for Hinata Miyazawa 



6 -  JAPAN –ZAMBIA   5-0           (GROUP C)

 

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton. 16 111 spectators. Half time : 1-0. Referee : Tess Olofsson (Sweden). Goals for Japan : Hinata Miyazawa (43’, 62’), Mina Tanaka (55’), Jun Endo (71’), Riko Ueki (90+11’).

Red card : Catherine Musonda (Zambia)  90+7’.

 

FACTS AND STATS

 

-       Japan sent out a warning of their World Cup possibilities, racking up the biggest win at the tournament since 2003 !

-       Zambia’s success in Germany some weeks before the World Cup gave more credit to the African team, but Barbra Banda and Racheal Kundananji, the two Goalscorers present in the IFFHS World Rankings, had nothing to negociate today.

-       Futoski Ikeda, Japan’s coach, who was nominated in 2021 for the Olympics , has a young team supervised by the two World Champions 2011, Saki Kumagai and Mana Iwabuchi. 

-       Aoba Fujino, 19 years old, is the symbol of the talent of Japan’s new generation. She was named as the best of the game.

-       Grace Chanda, Zambia’s playmaker, finally missed the opening match and also the tournament.  Due to an illness which has not been disclosed yet.