The third day of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup was an entertaining one, featuring two World Cup debuts and a surprise victory. In its first World Cup match in 20 years, Italy beat sixth-ranked Australia in the day’s first match, while Jamaica and Scotland lost their first World Cup matches to Brazil and England, respectively.
Day 4 will feature two games, one from Group D and the other from Group E. 2011 champion Japan begins its tournament against an Argentina team back at the tournament for the first time in 12 years. Later in the day, Canada and Cameroon face off in Group E’s first match.
How to watch
Argentina v. Japan
Time: Noon ET
TV: Fox Sports 1/Fox Sport Go
What to know: In between the 2015 final and now, Japan had experienced a low when the team missed the 2016 Rio Olympics. The team has rebounded since, though continues to remain inconsistent against the world’s best teams. Against Argentina, the team is expected to open up the tournament on a high with an attacking unit led by midfielder Emi Nakajima and forward Kumi Yokoyama.
Argentina come to their first World Cup since 2007 as the weakest in a tough group that also has England and Scotland. The experienced group, though, will be hoping for strong performances in hopes to increase awareness and funds for a notably underfunded program. Midfielder Estefanía Banini is the team’s clear star, and will lead any good showing for her team.
Canada v. Cameroon
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports Go
What to know: Like the other bigger teams in the tournament, Canada will look for a deep run of its own and has talent all around the pitch and a roster mixed with experience and youth. Playmaker Jessie Fleming will be essential in the team’s success and a likely a future mainstay, while the team’s reliable forward Christine Sinclair heads to her fifth World Cup three goals shy of the international record.
In its debut in 2015, Cameroon made the Round of 16, but having similar success will be a tough ask in this group. The team remains unproven against the world’s best, losing 4-0 to Spain in a pre-tournament friendly. Still, the team will look to impress with forwards Ajara Nichout and 2015 African Women’s Footballer of the Year Gaëlle Enganamouit.
What happened yesterday?
Group C — Australia 1-2 Italy: Barbara Bonansea got past Australian captain Sam Kerr with a header that caught goalkeeper Lydia Williams off guard in the fifth minute of stoppage time. The Juventus player also had the equalizer in the 56th minute for the 15th-ranked Italians, who are making their first appearance in the World Cup since 1999. Sam Kerr, playing in her third World Cup, scored her first-ever goal in the tournament in the 22nd minute for the sixth-ranked Matildas. A full recap can be found here.
Group C — Brazil 3-0 Jamaica: Cristiane’s goal in the 64th minute for the hat trick came on a free kick that curled just under the crossbar. She also scored in the 15th and 50th minutes for the Brazilians, who were playing without star Marta. A full recap can be found here.
Group D — England 2-1 Scotland: In a dominant first half, Nikita Parris netted a penalty in the 14th minute before Ellen White struck in the 40th on the French Riviera. Scotland ensured it was a nervy end for England coach Phil Neville’s side after Claire Emslie pulled one back in the 79th. A full recap can be found here.
Three games will be played on Tuesday.
Group E — New Zealand v. Netherlands (9 a.m. ET, Le Havre, Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports Go)
Group F — Chile v. Sweden (Noon ET, Rennes, Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports Go)
Group F — United States v. Thailand (3 p.m. ET, Reims, Fox/Fox Sports Go)