For the first time in history: Women's World Cup 2023 kicked off with a grand sensation
The New Zealand women's national team won a sensational victory in the opening match of the 2023 FIFA World Cup, which started in Australia. The islanders were stronger than the Norwegian team with a score of 1:0 and bookmakers offering odds of 9.50 on their triumph before the game.
The victory was the New Zealand women's first ever win at the world championships. Prior to that, they had only three draws in 15 matches at the main starts of the quadrennium.
Forward Anna Wilkinson playing for Melbourne City Australia was the main heroine for the winners. It was her accurate shot in the 48th minute of the game after a shot from the right flank becoming the only one in the match. At the same time, New Zealand could have doubled their lead in the 87th minute, but failed to convert a penalty kick.
It should be noted that the Norwegian squad includes players from Barcelona, Roma, Chelsea and Lyon. Ukraine is represented at the tournament by referee Kateryna Monzul and her assistant Marнna Striletska.
FIFA Women's World Cup 2023
Group A. 1st round
New Zealand - Norway - 1:0
Goal: Wilkinson, 48
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, Ukrainian striker of Belgian "Brugge" Roman Yaremchuk scored six goals, completing the so-called hexa-trick.