Germany ruins Morocco’s premiere, Brazil sends a message to Les Bleues… What to remember from Monday

If Italy struggled to get rid of Argentina, Germany and Brazil enjoyed their entry into the race.

Three stadiums, two atmospheres, for this fifth day of the Women’s World Cup. Auckland’s Eden Park has long been synonymous with frustration for Italy, who finally fell to an endearing Argentinian side on Monday 24 July. For Germany, the case was much easier against Morocco, whose World Cup baptism turned into a nightmare. Brazil were equally impressive against Panama ahead of Saturday’s meeting with France.

Group G masters of suspense

If you want clear-cut scenarios, Group G takes care of everything in this World Cup. After Sweden won on a whim in the 90th minute on Sunday, Italy won… on a whim in the 87th minute on Monday. The national team unblocked the Argentine thanks to Cristiana Girelli, who entered the match in the 83rd minute and was the only goalscorer against Argentina (1-0) at Eden Park in Auckland. Another proof of the growing density of the competition, where many favorite teams struggled during this first day, such as France against Jamaica. After the successes in the last moments, never two without three? Italy and Sweden, leaders of group G, will face each other on Saturday (9:30, on France 2 and


Reynald Pedros’ Morocco gets a lesson from Germany

After the good run of their male colleagues in Qatar a few months ago, the Moroccans experienced a painful discovery of the World Cup. Facing the vice-champion of Europe and double winner of the World Cup, the Lionesses of the Atlas saw what was the highest international level. The selection led by the Frenchman Reynald Pedros, the only Italian coach in the running with Hervé Renard at the head of the Blues, was outclassed by Germany (6-0) in Melbourne.

First selection from the Maghreb qualified for the competition, Morocco was voluntary in attack, but too permissive in defense, especially towards Alexandra Popp, author of two goals (11th and 39th). In the second period, Hanane Ait El Haj and Yasmin Mirabet scored against their team, adding something more to the bill. The Germans achieved the biggest victory of this World Cup start, and they did better than Japan against Zambia on Saturday.

The Bleues have been warned: Brazil starts Joga Bonito

If France left some plumes against Jamaica when they were favorites on Sunday, Brazil have not made the same mistake. Against a totally defensive Panama, the Auriverde had fun (4-0). Ary Borges, starter on the right wing, managed the perfect match with a hat-trick, and a delicious assist for Bia Zaneratto’s goal (48th). This third Brazilian feat is the objective of this start of the tournament, between action from a touch, a perfect cross and a back-heel assist from Borges.

A demonstration of talent that the Blues had to watch very closely before France – Brazil on Saturday where the Tricolors will absolutely have to put the padlock on the Brazilian artists. Hervé Renard undoubtedly hopes that Wendie Renard recovers from her calf injury.

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