Women’s World Cup 2019: Day 7 preview

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We’re into the seventh day of the Women’s World Cup in France, with the second round of matches having started yesterday.

Today, Brazil take the stage for the second time as they face Australia while South Africa play China soon after.

Host country France managed to win their match against Norway on Wednesday while Germany also maintained their winning start after they defeated Spain.

Day seven is up next today and here is a brief preview of what one should expect.

 

Australia vs Brazil – 18:00 CET

The first match of the day will be in Montpellier where Brazil will take on Australia for what is expected to be one of the most entertaining fixtures of the group stages.

Australia failed to get any points in the opening match of Group C against Italy and will be desperate for points when they face the Canarinho today. A loss against Brazil would leave them with 0 points going into the last group stage match against Jamaica.

Brazil had a comfortable 3-0 win against Jamaica on Sunday and will be hoping they can replicate themselves against the Matildas today which would enable them to approach the match against Italy in a much better position.

Player to watch – Sam Kerr

Sam Kerr was the only scorer for Australia in the last match against Italy as her side lost the match in dramatic fashion. It was her first World Cup goal in nine games at the finals.

Australia will be hoping Kerr is in his best form once more when they take on Brazil today and based on the latest record, that of scoring four goals in six games, they seem like they can count on the prolific striker.

 

South Africa vs China – 21:00 CET

South Africa against China will be the match to close day seven of the Women’s World Cup as they take on each other at the Parc des Princes tonight.

South Africa were 20 minutes from creating an enormous stun in their first ever game at a World Cup, however, surrendered three late goals as Spain vanquished them 3-1 after they were additionally diminished to ten late on.

China were aggressive against Germany and made it disappointing for the side ranked second in the world yet the pressure eventually told as the Germans sentenced the Chinese to a 1-0 defeat.

Player to watch – Thembi Kgatlana

Thembi Kgatlana scored South Africa’s first World Cup goal in their 3-1 defeat to Spain with Banyana Banyana having qualified for the first time.

She announced her arrival on the international stage at last year’s Africa Women Cup of Nations, finishing as the tournament’s top scorer with five goals as South Africa lost the final on penalties.

South Africa will be hoping Kgatlana can give her contribution to the team as they look to win their first match at this year’s edition of the Women’s World Cup.

 

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