France vs. Jamaica In the Women's World Cup match between France and Jamaica on Sunday, Jamaica managed to secure a 0-0 draw, showcasing significant improvement from their last World Cup appearance four years ago when they lost all three games. Despite being ranked 43rd in the world and considered underdogs, the Reggae Girlz held off fifth-ranked France, a strong title contender in Group F.
France's striker, Kadidiatou Diani, created numerous offensive opportunities, but Jamaica's resilience denied them the 3 points, earning themselves their first-ever point at a FIFA Women's World Cup. However, Jamaica will face challenges ahead as their captain, Khadija Shaw, received two yellow cards and was dismissed from the match late on into the second half, making her unavailable for the next two game selections. This could grow to be a bigger problem as their next fixture will be against Panama this Saturday.
Sweden vs. South Africa
In the Group G matchup between Sweden and South Africa, what seemed to be heading towards another historic draw turned into a late 2-1 victory for Sweden.
South Africa also made their second World Cup appearance, having exited the group stage in 2019 without earing any points from any of their fixtures. The match, played in pouring down rain, saw Sweden's Amanda Ilestedt score the winner with a goal in the 90th minute. South Africa did start strongly, with Hildah Magaia scoring in the 48th minute, marking South Africa's second only goal in World Cup history. Unfortunately, Magaia appeared to suffer an injury and had to be substituted out. Sweden's Fridolina Rolfo ultimately cancelled out Magaia's opener with a goal on the 65th.
Now with this win, Sweden now leads Group G, and without any spoilers for the day 5 sum-up, they still remain there... Netherlands vs. Portugal
In the match between Netherlands and Portugal, Portugal made their World Cup debut and were visibly moved as they heard their national anthem before the milestone game. Despite Portugal's spirited fight until the end, Netherlands' experience prevailed. Dutch defender Stefanie van der Gragt scored a goal in the first 15 minutes, giving the 2019 finalists an early advantage. Despite all clear efforts, Portugal couldn't shift momentum and seize control of the game resulting in Netherlands securing all three points with a 1-0 win.
The defeat will serve as motivation for Portugal as they continue in the tournament. Netherlands will next face the USWNT in a highly anticipated rematch of the 2019 final.
Stay tuned for more updates and action on day 5 of the Women's World Cup.