The final international action before our WSL season starts proved a memorable one for several Chelsea Women players…
Canada heading for Paris
Canada will defend their Olympic title in Paris next year after finishing the job in their two-legged play-off against Jamaica.
The Canucks led 2-0 from the first leg in Kingston. On Tuesday evening they actually fell behind to a brilliant goal from former Blue Drew Spence, but Cleo Lacasse levelled before half-time and Jordyn Huitema completed the turnaround on the night shortly after the restart.
Our trio of Jessie Fleming, Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence all played the full 90 minutes at BMO Field in Toronto on another wonderful evening for Canada Women’s football.
Debut for Fishel
Our new signing Mia Fishel made her USA debut in a 2-0 friendly win over South Africa on Sunday.
The striker replaced Alex Morgan with 25 minutes remaining at Soldier Field in Chicago and the States already two up through goals from Trinity Rodman and Emily Sonnett.
On a day that was the start of an international career for Fishel, the US bid farewell to Megan Rapinoe, who made her 203rd and final appearance 17 years after her debut.
Congratulations on your debut, Mia!
JRK strikes for Sweden
Johanna Rytting Kaneryd scored the winner for Sweden as they ground out a 1-0 victory away to Italy.
Our winger found the net with a deflected left-footed effort from close range on 13 minutes as the Swedes picked up their first Nations League points.
Zecira Musovic was an unused sub with Rytting Kaneryd withdrawn with 20 to play.
Eve Perisset played an hour in France’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Austria as Les Bleues maintained their perfect start to the Nations League.
Wendie Renard scored the only goal of the game after five minutes and Perisset formed part of the defence that restricted Austria to zero on-target attempts.
England were beaten 2-1 in the Netherlands in the second game of their UEFA Women’s Nations League campaign.
Millie Bright and Jess Carter played the full 90 minutes in defence, with Lauren James introduced off the bench for the closing stages. Hannah Hampton and Niamh Charles were unused subs.
Alessio Russo cancelled out Lieke Martens’ opener midway through the second half, but an end-to-end contest went the hosts’ way through Renate Jansen’s last-minute strike.
Sjoeke Nusken played the final 20 minutes of Germany’s comfortable 4-0 home win over Iceland.
The Germans returned to winning ways after their surprise loss to Denmark on Friday evening, scoring twice in each half in Bochum. Ann-Katrin Berger was an unused sub.
Norway’s disappointing form continued as they were beaten 3-2 by Portugal. Maren Mjelde and Guro Reiten both started as Norway led, trailed, equalised and then conceded the decisive fifth goal of the game with 20 minutes remaining.
Norway have a single point from their opening two Nations League fixtures. They have a double-header against France in the next window.
Success for Serbia again
It was another good day at the office for Jelena Cankovic and Serbia as they thumped Greece 4-0.
Miljana Ivanovic and Jovana Damnjanovic netted braces, with Cankovic setting up the latter’s second goal early in the second half. Serbia have six points from six available in Group B3.
Wales were well beaten by Denmark in Cardiff. Sophie Ingle skippered Wales as usual but was powerless to prevent the Danes overwhelming them, former Blue Pernille Harder netting a hat-trick.
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