The mood remained elevated as a sea of yellow and green filled Stadium Australia at Sydney’s Olympic Park, part of the largest crowd ever for a women’s soccer match in Australia, announced Thursday at 75,784.
Who wouldn’t want to be here for the first match? – Katie Lynn, who traveled with friend Jasmine Williamson from Adelaide, 850 miles (1,370 kilometers) away, asked. I’ve never been to a big sporting event like this before. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Williamson captured the mood perfectly: People who aren’t even soccer fans are interested.
In the days leading up to the match, Sydney’s famous sporting atmosphere seemed muted. But on the day of the game, fans took to the pitch, including a man in a kangaroo suit who introduced himself simply as Skippy.
When we came down on the train, people were everywhere,” said Vanessa Ronksley, who lives in Sydney’s eastern beach suburb of Coogee. We can feel it now.
Longtime friends Anthony Dunn and Ciaran Bannon were among those who turned up for the FIFA Fan Festival at Tumbalong Park, on the southern edge of Darling Harbour. They traveled from Ireland to watch their national team’s first ever match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Even before we (Ireland) qualified, we said, If we qualify, we’ll go, Dunn said. My girlfriend at the time was working and pregnanteer.
At the Super Falcons’ last major international tournament, the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria lost 5-4 to Morocco in the semi-finals in a penalty shootout, with Nnadozie standing between the goalposts.
I think she is one of the best young goalkeepers in the world right now, said Nigeria head coach Randy Waldrum. ‘People around the world can also see by her performance today that she deserves it.
At the age of 18 at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Nnadozie became the youngest goalkeeper to manage to keep a clean sheet in matches for the national team.Penalty kicks are a 50/50 chance and on this day, Sink didn’t score it.
This team and this country love Christine Sinclair more than anything, so they will rally around her and we will get her ready for the next game.
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