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WWC Update: Australia World Cup Dream Kept Alive

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Australia kept their Women’s World Cup dream alive as they advanced to the last-16 stage by thrashing Canada 4-0 in their last group B  game.

Hayley Raso scored twice, Mary Fowler was also on target and Steph Catley netted a late penalty as the co-hosts impressed in a game they had to win to avoid elimination.

The Matildas finished top of Group B – and did so without Sam Kerr, an unused sub despite declaring herself fit.

It was a frustrating manner of exit for the Olympic champions, who failed to lay a glove on the fired-up Australia. The Canadians’ best chance came when Deanne Rose was denied by the leg of Mackenzie Arnold in the second half.

Canada suffered their first Women’s World Cup group-stage exit since 2011.

Also Read: 2023 WWC: Super Falcons Secure Round of 16

Japan thump Spain to book last-16 Norway tie

Japan showed why they are serious contenders at the Women’s World Cup by hammering Spain 4-0 to finish top of Group C and book a last-16 showdown with Norway.

The 2011 world champions made it look easy by scoring three times before half-time, with Hinata Miyazawa getting two to take her tally to four goals and become the tournament’s leading scorer.

The attacking midfielder put Japan ahead with a calm finish after Spain’s defence had been exposed, before Riko Ueki doubled the lead with a deflected finish which looped into the net.

Miyazawa, who scored two in Japan’s opening group game against Zambia, made it 3-0 by firing across goal and into the net in front of a crowd of 20,957.

Substitute Mina Tanaka added to Spain’s pain with a fourth goal in the 82nd minute.

Zambia beat Costa Rica for first Women’s World Cup win

Zambia secured their first Women’s World Cup win by edging out Costa Rica in their final Group C match.

Lushomo Mweemba opened the scoring for Zambia inside the first three minutes and Barbra Banda added a second from the spot midway through the first half.

Costa Rica’s Melissa Herrera pulled a goal shortly after the break, but Racheal Kundananji completed the win, netting a third in injury time.

Both sides had already been eliminated after two matches.

BBC Sports

Written by: Debby Eselebor

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