MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 02: Debinha #9 of Brazil competes for the ball with Vyan Sampson #3 of Jamaica during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Group F match between Jamaica and Brazil at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on August 02, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)
Something has happened in the Woman’s World Cup that no one expected or even predicted. Jamaica has advanced to the 16th round for the very first time.
Jamaica has shut out France, Panama, and Brazil in consecutive games to place itself on this magical run to the tournament’s knockout stage.
“It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life. To be able to do this is unbelievable to just watch it, while I’m alive. I thank the girls for doing this for the country. The country should be proud,” said Lorne Donaldson, coach of the Jamaica team.
The draw for Brazil eliminates them from the tournament and means their star player, Marta, has played her last game. Before starting the Woman’s World Cup, she stated that she intended to retire after her final match. She leaves the tournament as the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer with 17 goals. She holds the record for most goals scored in the tournament but could not add to it as she went scoreless in Brazil’s games.
All Sports Jamaica also reported that the Reggae Girlz became the first Caribbean nation to break through the group stages.
Source: Black Enterprise