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Women’s World Cup: Jamaica Progresses to Last-16, A Historic First, as Brazil Gets Knocked Out

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In a remarkable turn of events, Jamaica advanced to the last-16 phase of the Women’s World Cup for the first time ever, while Brazil was eliminated from the tournament in an unforeseen twist.

The hard-fought match in Melbourne was characterized by Jamaica’s resilient defense, keeping their remarkable tournament run alive for another round.

In contrast, Brazil, even with their top scorer Marta back in the starting lineup, couldn’t find the decisive goal, marking their first exit at this stage in almost three decades.

Marta, 37, holds the record for the most goals scored in both men’s and women’s World Cups, with 17 goals, but won’t be able to add to her tally in this tournament, after her team’s early departure following three group-stage matches.

This goalless standoff might pit Jamaica against Colombia or Germany in the last 16, while France advanced as the Group F winners after triumphing over Panama in the corresponding fixture.

Here’s a quick recap of Jamaica’s 0-0 draw with Brazil
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Jamaica maintained an undefeated record with two draws and a win in the group stages

Jamaica showcased their mettle by holding off the group’s favorite, France, in a goalless standoff and then clinching a crucial 1-0 victory against Panama, all without their main attacker Khadija Shaw, who was serving a suspension due to a red card in their opening match.

Shaw, who plays for Manchester City, brought much-needed offensive prowess to the Jamaican side during the match in Melbourne.

Rafaelle Souza, a former Arsenal center-back, kept Shaw largely in check. However, Shaw’s mere presence was enough to rattle the defense and she nearly scored with just 10 minutes left on the clock, missing the target on a counter-attack.

As Jamaica’s only legitimate scoring opportunity, Brazil was put under pressure, endlessly hunting for the goal that would secure their place in the knockout stage.

Marta, who left the field to rousing applause after 80 minutes, had a few opportunities, as did Debinha, Luana, and Tamires, all of whom tested Jamaica’s goalkeeper, Becky Spencer.

Despite her sixth World Cup appearance, Marta couldn’t expand her record-breaking 17 goal tally.

Brazil, however, seemed predictable and uninspiring, struggling to dismantle Jamaica’s compact defense and bringing little to their do-or-die struggle to remain in Australia.

In a near-miracle in the third minute of stoppage time in the second half, substitute Andressa seized a loose ball in a box scramble, only for Spencer to save it again, causing despair among the Brazilian substitutes.

The early exit is a major disappointment for the South American champions who, just a few months prior, had taken their European counterparts England to a penalty shootout in the Women’s Finalissima at Wembley, and arrived at the World Cup with high hopes.

Understandably, Brazil’s manager, Pia Sundhage, had a lot to say about the result. She was quick to shoulder responsibility for the team’s performance and indicated they will have to revisit their preparations and see what could have been done differently.

However, the day belonged to Jamaica, which impressed with three clean sheets in the group stage and demonstrated that they can compete with some of the world’s top-ranked nations. Their monumental achievement was met with an outpouring of emotion at the final whistle.

Their journey to Australia and New Zealand was fraught with conflicts with their own federation – the Reggae Girlz had written an open letter demanding “immediate and systematic change” – and their success now amplifies their voices even more.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Women’s World Cup

Who advanced to the last-16 phase of the Women’s World Cup for the first time ever?

Jamaica advanced to the last-16 phase of the Women’s World Cup for the first time ever.

Which team was eliminated early from the Women’s World Cup?

Brazil was eliminated early from the Women’s World Cup.

How many goals has Marta scored in World Cup tournaments?

Marta has scored 17 goals in World Cup tournaments, a record in both men’s and women’s World Cups.

What teams could Jamaica face in the last 16?

Jamaica could face either Colombia or Germany in the last 16.

Who was the goalkeeper for Jamaica who made crucial saves in the match?

The goalkeeper for Jamaica who made crucial saves in the match was Becky Spencer.

What is the significance of this win for Jamaica?

This win marks a historic first for Jamaica, as they advance to the last-16 phase of the Women’s World Cup. It also provides a boost in their ongoing dispute with their own federation, giving them a stronger voice for change.

How did Brazil perform in the match?

Brazil struggled in the match, unable to break down Jamaica’s well-organized defense and find the goal they needed to advance to the knockout stage. Despite dominating possession, they were unable to convert their opportunities into goals.

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UnderdogLover August 2, 2023 - 2:34 pm

Always love a good underdog story. Jamaica, u rocked it. lookin forward to the next match!

MartaForever August 2, 2023 - 3:47 pm

Sad to see Marta go. still the best. 17 goals ain’t a joke! Football will miss you!

GoalKeeperFan August 2, 2023 - 7:09 pm

Becky Spencer was on fire, what a game she had! Absolutely stunning performance. Goalkeeper goals!

ReggaeGirlzFan August 2, 2023 - 11:19 pm

jamaica making us proud! first time in last-16. Amazing defense, big up to Spencer!

GameOn222 August 3, 2023 - 1:30 am

Brazil lacked the finishing punch. Dominating possession isn’t enough, gotta score goals!

SoccerChick August 3, 2023 - 3:37 am

Wow! Big upset in the tourney. Who’d have thought Jamaica would get this far! Props to them!!

SilvaStar August 3, 2023 - 5:54 am

gotta admit, didn’t see this coming. Expected more frm Brazil. Kudos to Jamaica tho, they played well.

FootballFan101 August 3, 2023 - 8:20 am

cant believe Brazil got knocked out this early!! Marta deserved more. What a legend she is, still…


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