🌏 What went down Down Under? WWC Day 1️⃣2️⃣ | OneFootball

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Lewis Ambrose·31 July 2023

🌏 What went down Down Under? WWC Day 1️⃣2️⃣

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With the World Cup taking place in Australia and New Zealand, plenty of fans around the world will be in bed when some of the games take place.

Not to worry, we have you covered.

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Quick, what were the results?

Japan put on a stunning performance to beat Spain 4-0 and top Group C.

Zambia netted the 1000th goal in Women’s World Cup history as they recorded their first ever win at a World Cup finals.

Australia won Group B with a superb win, knocking out the Olympic champions in front of a sold-out crowd.

Ireland gained their only point as a 0-0 draw sealed Nigeria’s place in the last 16 and ensured they finished the group stage unbeaten.

So, do you have a Moment or Match of the Day?

Cheating slightly, there were two matches (and two 4-0s) of the day.

First off, Japan were absolutely sublime as they beat Spain 4-0 to win Group C. Both teams had been superb in their previous two matches and came into Monday’s clash with top spot on the line.

But only one side looked up to the challenge, with Spain dominating the ball and creating nothing as Japan repeatedly stung them on the break and were clinical in front of goal.

And then lightning struck again. Australia had to win and you would never have known that, given they played as if there was no pressure upon them at all.

Hayley Raso scored two, Mary Fowler added a third, Steph Catley converted from the penalty spot and the crowd went absolutely wild throughout.

No Sam Kerr, no problem.

And a Player of the Day for me?

Hinata Miyazawa has shone in all three Japan games so far but never more than in Monday’s rout of Spain.

The attacking midfielder had to hold shape and play with discipline against a side that dominates possession and probes down the flank she defends through Olga Carmona and then Ona Batlle at left-back for Spain.

When Japan broke forward, Miyazawa was at the heart of it. She scored the opener with her left foot, she made it 3-0 with her right, and she released Riko Ueki to make it 2-0 in between.

A brilliant display.

Come on, show us a picture perfect moment:

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There was only one place Steph Catley was ever going to celebrate when she put Australia 4-0 ahead in injury time.

Anything else I should know?

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A huge shoutout to Barbra Banda, whose penalty against Costa Rica was the 1000th goal scored at a Women’s World Cup finals.

And that wasn’t the only notable goal of the day; Zambia’s first ever World Cup finals go was scored by Lushomo Mweemba and was the fastest of the tournament so far, coming after just two minutes and 11 seconds.

Elsewhere, Canada’s exit made them the first Olympic gold medalists to ever fail to progress from the group stage at a Women’s World Cup.

Saturday’s round of 16 games are now set: Switzerland will play Spain, Japan will meet Norway.

Should England finish top of their group, they will take on Nigeria in the next round with the Group D runners-up set to face co-hosts Australia.