Australia-Brazil (13 June 2019, Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier)
Two nations who boast more FIFA Women’s World Cup™ experience than most will lock horns four years on from their Round of 16 encounter at Canada 2015, where the Australians recorded a narrow win. Both will start as favourites to top the section and their Montpellier meeting in the second round of games could well decide first place and their respective futures in the competition.
What you need to know
- Australia will be intent on ending their quarter-final curse, having reached that stage of the competition on three previous occasions and failed to go any further.
- Italy are back on the world finals stage for the first time in 20 years, since USA 1999 when they also took on Brazil in the group phase. On that occasion the Italians went down 2-0 in Chicago in front of a crowd of 65,080, the sixth-largest attendance in the history of the competition.
- Jamaica are one of four newcomers to the tournament and will make their debut against Brazil, who have yet to miss a Women’s World Cup.
3 - The number of times that Australia and Brazil have crossed paths in the tournament. Australia’s only win in those three games was that Canada 2015 victory, with the Brazilians having prevailed in the first two: 3-2 in the quarter-finals at China 2007, and 1-0 in the group phase at Germany 2011.