France vs Jamaica FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Highlights | Jamaica restricts France to a scoreless draw
These two teams have never met before in the past so it did promise to be an exciting contest and fair to say, it didn't disappoint the viewers. It was a nail biting contest from the very start of the match with both teams having somewhat equal amount of scoring opportunities. No one expected Jamaica to show this stature of character against France and gain a point in that match, but they did. At the end of the match both the camps were left feeling contrasting emotions.
Match : 11
Kick off : 8:00 pm (Local time) and 3:30 pm (IST)
Date : 23 July 2023
Venue : Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Referee: Carvajal Maria
Assistant Referee 1: Vasquez Leslie
Assistant Referee 2: Toloza Loreto
4th Official: Fortunato Laura
VAR: Gallo Nicolas
Assistant VAR: Soto Juan
Assistant VAR 2: De Almeida Mariana
France vs Jamaica Starting XIs
Starting XI of France : Pauline; Maelie, Wendie(C), Sakina, Estelle; Sandie, Grace, Amel; Eugenie, Kadidiatou, Clara.
Coach of France : Herve Renard
Starting XI of Jamaica : Rebecca; Vyan, Chantelle, Deneisha, Allyson; Drew, Jody, Tiernny, Atlanta; Khadija (C), Cheyna.
Coach of Jamaica : Donaldson Lorne
France vs Jamaica | Live Score: FRA 0-0 Jam
3:30 pm IST | Kick off
First Half Begins!
Here we go! The clash between France and Jamaica is underway.
3'| Corner for Jamaica
Jamaica gains a corner in the opening minutes of the match.
8'| End to end Football
Both the teams are trying hard to find a breakthrough.
12'| Yellow card for Mateo 🟨
Both the teams are not shy of making a tackle and but the first one is drawn in the name of Mateo when she brought Shaw down to stop a counter.
19′ | Positive play by Jamaica
Jamaica, opposite to everyone's expectations is playing a fine breed of positive football, giving France no chance to enjoy any kind of possession whatsoever.
23'| Yellow card for Primus 🟨
Primus picks up the second yellow card of the match for stopping a France counter attack.
30'| Array of throwins
Both the teams have cancelled each other out and have been successful in interrupting each other's play.
35'| Opportunity for France
A real chance for France, first of the match for them arrive when Kadidiatou forced a save from Spencer which awarded them a corner.
37'| Yellow card for Shaw 🟨
Shaw receives an unlucky yellow card for trying to win the ball from the opponent's feet and accidentally stepping on it.
41'| Free kick for Jamaica
Shaw strokes the ball with real venom from 35 yards but it misses the goal by a whisker, one of the best chances for Jamaica in the first half.
5 minutes of added time announced
45'+4'| France on the attack
France is enjoying their best spell of the match so far in the dying minutes of the match with Kadidiatou Diani's shot missing the goal by some inches due to a deflection.
45'| Half time FRA 0-0 JAM
The first half was arguably the most physical half of the tournament so far with the referee drawing three yellow cards, most in one half of the 2023 FIFA Women's World. Both the teams have cancelled each other out and have not provided each other any easy opportunity to score.
Among the strikers, Jamaica's Khadija Shaw have been the most active. She lead the team from the front and looked to attack whenever she got the ball, drawing the most fouls towards her. France's captain Wendie Renard has been equally good and kept France in the game. Stay tuned for an exciting second half with more action coming your way.
Second half begins
Let's see which team loses their focus first and gives their opponents the advantage.
48'| Corner for France
France couldn't take advantage of the corner but they're much more positive in the opening minutes of the match than Jamaica.
54'| Another opportunity for France
Diani misses another chance from close range, this time with a header, France is getting closer.
58'| Toletti takes a shot
Sandie Toletti takes a shot from just inside the box but puts it way higher than it needed to be.
64'| Jamaica on the counter
After absorbing serious pressure from France, it's Jamaica's time to go forward. Deneisha Blackwood launches a cross from the right flank to find the head of Cheyna Matthews, who did get the contact but not hard enough.
66'| Substitution for France
Vicki Becho and Kenza Dali replaces Amel Majri and Clara Mateo.
67'| Diani misses another chance
Kadidiatou Diani's header was unable to find the back of the net yet again and Jamaica survives.
75'| First effort on target for France
France get their first attempt on target with the help of Eugenie Le Sommer's shot, but it was an easy stop for the goalkeeper.
78'| Match delay
Khadija Shaw is on the floor after experiencing a series of tackles and has now picked herself up stepped off the pitch with physio.
83'| Series of crosses by France
The French players are just whipping crosses inside the Jamaican penalty box hopping to find someone.
87'| Another opportunity missed by France
Kenza Dali, the substitute's cross from the corner hits Maelle Lakrar on the shoulder and misses the goal from close distance.
90'| Daini hits the woodwork
Kadidiatou Diani hits the frame of the goal from close range with the help of a cross by Vicki Becho.
6 minutes of added time announced
90'+3'| Red card for Khadija Shaw 🟥
Khadija Shaw received her second yellow card of the match and got sent off by the referee due to a clumsy challenge on Wendie Renard.
90'| Full time FRA 0-0 JAM
The first match of the Group F encounter ends in a draw. Both the teams have given their all in order to win the match but Jamaica held France to a scoreless draw. No one expected 43rd ranked Jamaica to defend this well against one of the contenders of this World Cup, France. Jamaica defended pretty well against the French forwards, giving them little to no chance to score.
Both the captains, Khadija Shaw and Wendie Renard have gone toe to toe against each other and it was an fascinating battle to witness. It was an frustrating evening for France but there was an contrast of emotions from the Jamaican players, they were celebrating like it was a victory.