FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™

7 June - 7 July

FIFA Women's World Cup

Italy spring a surprise as Brazil, England down debutantes

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  • Italy mark return with stunning comeback against Australia
  • Cristiane hits a hat-trick for Brazil; England beat old rivals
  • Reaction and more: #AUSITA, #BRAJAM & #ENGSCO Live Blogs

Italy emerged as the headline story of Matchday 3, producing France 2019's first major upset - and maintaining European teams' fine start to the competition - with a stunning second-half comeback against Australia.

After Barbara Bonansea scored twice for the Azzurre, Cristiane went one better for Brazil as the 2007 finalists shrugged off their poor recent form - and the absence of star player Marta - to cruise past Jamaica. England then survived a late fightback by neighbours Scotland to edge out the tournament debutantes in Nice.

Australia 1-2 Italy

Team Reporter analysis

Pete Smith (AUS)
A mixed performance from Australia, who after an erratic start looked highly dangerous throughout the first half. But having survived two tight VAR decisions, the Matildas lost their rhythm in the second half and were punished in the final seconds. Defensive concerns remain for a side that conceded eight in their two outings prior to this one, and were again caught out by Italy on several occasions.​

Sonja Nikcevic (ITA)
Ahead of this match, Australia's coach said that he feared Italy - and the Azzurre showed that he was right to do so. The weren't intimidated by one of the tournament favourites and put on a real show on their long-awaited return to the Women's World Cup.Barbara Bonansea's late winner provided a dream finish, and the celebrations on the pitch showed just how significant this result was to the entire squad.

Brazil 3-0 Jamaica

Team Reporter analysis

Giancarlo Giampietro (BRA)
With Marta watching from the bench, Brazil showed just how much attacking talent they have. Cristiane, who started in Marta’s place, scored A Seleção's first hat-trick at the Women’s World Cup since 1999, and an offensive quartet completed by Beatriz, Andressa and Debinha worked pretty well. The Brazilians were also able to control the pace of the game, which had been a main concern. All in all, a very solid opening match. ​

Kayon Davis (JAM)
A disappointing game for the Reggae Girlz. They came into the game confident but experience of the Brazilians, with Cristiane and Formiga, got the better of them. There were positive movements up front with the trio of Shaw, Carter and Matthews, but Jamaica struggled in midfield and failed to maintain defensive discipline. Now it's back to the drawing board.

England 2-1 Scotland

Team Reporter analysis

Laure James (ENG)
Phil Neville had spoken frequently of the confidence and self-belief his England players possess, and this looked like the perfect opportunity to show these qualities. But were they too complacent where Scotland's goalscorer, the persistent Claire Emslie, was concerned? The history-making forward repeatedly sniffed out gaps around the full-backs and it paid off. Overall however, delightful link-up play between Lucy Bronze and Nikita Parris, an effervescent midfield and some expert finishing earned England a hard-fought opening win.

Aileen Larkin (SCO)
Although the Scotland squad will be disappointed not to take a point, they more than proved themselves on the world stage. If this is how they perform against England - the third-ranked team in the world and genuine title contenders - players and fans can look forward with fully justified hope to to their next two Group D fixtures.

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