FIFAWWC Roundup: Italy And England Advance To Round of 16, Japan Hangs On

Italian women are doing brilliantly at this year's Women's World Cup in France, making history Friday by reaching the knockout phase for the first time since 1991 after Cristiana Girelli's hat-trick inspired a 5-0 victory against Jamaica. England also advanced, edging a determined Argentina 1-0 to move to a perfect six points.
Japan 2 - 1 Scotland


Scotland's chances of qualifying from their Women's World Cup group hang by a thread after a 2-1 defeat by Japan.

Shelley Kerr's side had rarely been out of their own half by the time Mana Iwabuchi blasted a shot past goalkeeper Lee Alexander after 22 minutes.

With Japan dominating, Rachel Corsie was ruled to have hauled down Yuika Sugasawa and the striker sent the spot-kick low into the corner.

A late Scotland rally produced a fine long-range Lana Clelland finish. 

But consecutive 2-1 defeats leave Kerr's side bottom of the table without a point and needing to beat Argentina in their final game if they are to have a chance of making the knockout stage as one of the four best third-placed sides. 

For former world champions Japan, who opened with a disappointing draw, it ends a run of five games without a victory and puts them second in the group.

Jamaica 0 - 5 Italy
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Cristiana Girelli's hat-trick and Aurora Galli's stunning strike helped Italy book their place in the World Cup last 16 with a 5-0 victory over Jamaica.

Juventus' Girelli made it 1-0 with a retaken penalty, after goalkeeper Sydney Schneider had saved the initial spot-kick but was then punished for prematurely moving off her line.

Girelli grabbed her second from close range and headed in Italy's third.Substitute Galli added two more with a thunderous shot and composed finish.

Those late goals came after a period of pressure from the lowest-ranked team in the competition, although their best effort came in the first half when Mireya Grey's 20-yard strike flew two feet wide.

As for the Azzurre, they march on with both Girelli and fellow Juve forward Barbara Bonansea, who scored twice in the 2-1 win over Australia, in sparkling form.Bonansea won the first-half penalty after a VAR check declared Allyson Swaby's tackle was illegal. 

Girelli's strike was saved but referee Anna-Marie Keighley ordered a retake and booked Schneider for moving off her line.

Girelli scored her second with an effort that came off her thigh after Jamaica's defence went to sleep at a corner. 

And she completed her hat-trick shortly after the restart when she beat Schneider to a right-wing cross.

Galli, who was relegated to the bench for this game, produced the goal of the contest six minutes after coming with an unstoppable drive from 25 yards. 

The Juventus player then kept her cool as she took a through-ball around Schneider to slot in Italy's fifth.

Italy play Brazil in their final group game while Jamaica face Australia.

England 1 - 0 Argentina
England booked their place in the World Cup knockout stages after beating a resolute Argentina thanks to Jodie Taylor's first goal in 14 months.

Phil Neville's side looked as though they would pay for Nikita Parris' missed first-half penalty, which was saved by the brilliant Vanina Correa after Alex Greenwood was tripped.

The Argentine goalkeeper also denied Beth Mead, Parris and Taylor, but had no chance in stopping Euro 2017's golden boot winner, as she tapped in Mead's low cross after 61 minutes.  

The victory for England, who are ranked third in the world - 34 places above Argentina - means they qualify for the second round and can seal top spot in Group D with a point against Japan in their final game on Wednesday.

In front of a crowd of 20,294 in the industrial city of Le Havre, it was also the first time England have won their first two World Cup matches.

But they were made to battle for it against a determined Argentina, who won their first ever World Cup point in their opening draw with 2015 champions Japan and have had to overcome hardships in the last few years. 

The English team have joined Italy, France and Germany in the next round with their victory.

From BBCsports.

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