Jamaica vs Brazil: FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Match Preview, Team News and Predicted Line-ups

Jamaica face Brazil at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in their final group game of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup on Wednesday.
An highly anticipated match up (Image- Bleacher report)
An highly anticipated match up (Image- Bleacher report)

Jamaica vs Brazil will both be looking to secure a place in the last 16 of the Women's World Cup 2023 when they face off in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Brazil head into the final group game in third position, with one point separating them from the Reggae Girlz, who currently occupy second place.

Jamaica vs Brazil: Match Preview

Not many would've predicted that Brazil would be kicking off third in Group F ahead of the final matchday, with this scenario setting up a winner takes all showdown in Melbourne.

Just nine days ago, everyone was raving about Brazil, after they'd made a trademark, jogo bonito start to this campaign, smashing Panama 4-0 at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Ary Borges bagging a hat-trick in Adelaide, but it was Bia Zaneratto's goal, teed up by Borges' back-heel, that had the world sitting up and taking notice, as it came from a majestic, free-flowing team move.

So, Pia Sundhage's side went into Saturday's heavyweight clash with France feeling unstoppable, before firmly coming crashing right back down to earth.

Les Bleues edged the first half, taking the lead in the 17th minute, before the Seleção equalised just before the hour mark, with the ball breaking to Debinha in the penalty area and she cooly slotted home.

Backed by a partisan, pro-Brazilian crowd in Brisbane, they looked set to go on and claim the three points, only to break the first rule of women's football: never leave Wendie Renard unmarked in your own box.

Debinha celebrates after scoring against France (Image- Brazil)

With just seven minutes to play, France's captain nodded her team in front, as the South American champions slumped to a, potentially, damaging defeat at Lang Park.

Jamaica meanwhile had never even earned a point at the World Cup before, losing all three matches four summers ago on debut, including a 3-0 defeat to Brazil.

Now though, the Reggae Girlz kick off in second place, yet to taste defeat Down Under.

First, Lorne Donaldson's team held France to a very unlikely scoreless draw in Sydney before, at the weekend, beating CONCACAF-rivals Panama in Perth, despite the absence of taliswomen Bunny Shaw.

The only goal of that one came ten minutes into the second half, with Trudi Carter's corner headed home by centre-back Allyson Swaby.

As a result, Jamaica need just a point in this one to join France in the round of 16, an outcome that would see Brazil crash out in the group phase for the first time since 1995.

Team News:


As mentioned, having been sent off against France, super star striker Khadija Shaw sat out Saturday's win over Panama, although she did still seem to enjoy herself in Perth.

Bunny Shaw will return here, which exponentially increases the Reggae Girlz's chances of an upset.

Deneisha Blackwood and Tiffany Cameron both came into the back four against Panama, while Drew Spence will once again need to be at her best in midfield.


All other things being equal, Pia Sundhage's side should win this one, so she just needs to make sure the pressure doesn't get to her side.

Adriana got the nod as Debinha's striker partner on Saturday, chosen over Bia Zaneratto, so will that be the case again?

Veteran superstar Marta has come off the bench late in both matches so far, hoping that this isn't her last chance to become the first player to score at six different World Cups.

Jamaica vs Brazil: Head to Head

  • This will be the third meeting between the two teams, with the Selcecao winning both previous clashes.
  • They last faced off in a group clash at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, which Brazil won 3-0.
  • Jamaica have kept clean sheets in their last two games after managing one in eight games.
  • As Canarinhas have featured in every edition of the World Cup since its inception in 1991 and have only been knocked out of the group stage twice.
  • The Reggae Girlz are 43rd in the FIFA rankings, while Brazil are fifth.

Predicted Line-ups:

Jamaica (4-2-3-1): Spencer; Cameron, C Swaby, A Swaby, Blackwood; Sampson, Spence, Primus, Carter, Brown; Shaw.

Brazil (4-4-2): Letícia; Antônia, Lauren, Rafaelle, Tamires; Luana, Kerolin, Borges, Geyse; Adriana, Debinha.

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