Women's World Cup 2023: Australia opens with victory before its people

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A goal from Steph Catley of penaltygives the victory to Australia before the Republic of Ireland (1-0)in the second official match of the Women's World Cupin a first working day of championship that was in the previous hours stained by Auckland shootings (New Zealand).

Despite "The Matildas" (Australian team) started as favorites due to the inexperience of the debutante ireland in a World Cup, the match was harder than expected for Australia, which also came out without its star injured: sam kerr. The forward suffered a calf muscle problem and the second duel will also be lost, against Nigeria.

Steph Catleywith a precise shot from the penalty spot at minute 52′, marked the only goal of the matchwhich unleashed local joy after a first half below expectations from both teams.

The shootings that occurred hours before the start of the World Cup in Auckland, which left at least 3 dead and 6 injuredand which also marked the opening match between the other co-hosts New Zealand in view of Norway, they were noticed by overshadowing the atmosphere of the football party. Finally the matches could be played normally.

The confrontation between the Australians and the Irish achieved the record attendance for a women's soccer match in the country with 75 thousand 784 viewers.

New Zealand also got the victory (1-0) against Norwaywith a goal from wilkinson which he defined at the beginning of the second half, minute 47', and generated danger throughout the game. The hostesses achieved the dream debut.

Data sheet
Stadium: Accor Stadium, Australia
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Australia
1-0, Catley (minute 52')

mackenzie arnold
alanna kennedy
clare hunt
Steph Catley
Ellie Carpenter
Kyra Cooney-Cross
Katrina Gorry
Cortnee Vine (Emily van Egmond)
hayley satin
Mary Fowler (Clare Polkinghorne)
Caitlin Foord

Republic of Ireland
courtney brosnan
louise quinn
megan connolly
Niahm Fahey
Ruesha Littlejohn
Denise O'Sullivan
Katie McCabe
Heather Payne
Kyra Carusa (Isabel Atkinson)
Marissa Sheva (Lucy Quinn)
Sinead Farrelly (Abbie Larkin)

(With information from EFE)

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