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Women’s World Cup: Jamaica holds off France for historic result

Eugenie Le Sommer

On Sunday Jamaica made history holding the number five team in the world France to a 0-0 draw in Sydney. Before the game Jamaican head coach Lorne Richardson said he was looking for a result and he got one.

Jamaica who had made their World Cup debut in 2019 but lost all three group stage games only scoring one goal all tournament managed to get their first big result and not give France all three points.

The majority of the credit has to go to Jamaican keeper Rebecca Spencer who played the match of her life keeping France off the scoresheet who dominated most of the game and threw everything at the net.

In the 28th minute, it started with French superstar Eugenie Le Sommer getting a header on target but Spencer made her first save of the night. Seven minutes later it was Kadidatou Diani with a shot on target but again denied by Spencer.

In the 41st minute, Jamaica earned their first set piece of the match but the free-kick sailed wide of the target. Seven minutes later in added time, it was Amel Majiri for France as she tried to curl a shot on target but it went out of bounds.

On the ensuing play, Diani was it again but unfortunately, her shot got deflected out of bounds by a Jamaican defender. In the 76th minute, Le Sommer had another chance at goal but Spencer made a big save keeping her clean sheet alive.

In the 90th minute, Diani’s cross went off a French player’s head and off the crossbar and out in the final chance of the game for France. A minute later there was a bit of controversy as Jamaican superstar Khadija Bunny Shaw who plays for Chelsea slid and took down Wendie Renard and was shown a second yellow card and a red.

That means she will be automatically suspended for Jamaica’s next game against Panama while France will try to get their first win at the World Cup against Brazil.

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