Frida Maanum has comfortably slotted into the Norwegian midfield for this campaign, but an unpredictable 1-0 loss against Norway in the first 2023 World Cup game, has kicked-off Norway’s summer in a doubting way.
Swiss captain Lia Walti has led Switzerland to the top of group A, after a 2-0 victory over the Philippines. Noelle Maritz proved great support in right-back for the leaders. Can they maintain ahead of the rest?
This heavily Arsenal-dominated group has seen 5 Arsenal players take to the pitch.
With Sam Kerr’s absence due to injury, both captains for Group B’s first fixture this tournament were from Arsenal! Steph Catley put the armband on and scored the winning penalty in the 52nd minute- a perfect start for the Matilda’s on home turf. Caitlin Food provided assistance in the attacking third but was unable to feature on the scoresheet this time. Katie McCabe’s side showed real resilience throughout the match, where the star player proved her worth down the left side. With this determination, it’s exciting to see if the Republic of Ireland can gain a few points at their first World Cup.
Although Sabrina D’Angelo was not required for Canada’s first fixture, Arsenal’s summer singing Close Lacasse proved to be a real threat when in possession. Although the Maple Leafs were favorites to win going into this game, Nigeria put in a great shift and showed their worth in this competition, so both teams gained a point from the match.
Arguably Arsenal’s most exciting signing of this Summer is Alessia Russo, who was part of England’s starting line-up. Her resilience and determination in the box weren’t rewarded, but a Georgia Stanway penalty secured the Lionesses the 3 points over Haiti. Lotte Wubben-Moy is yet to receive minutes in this tournament.
Kathrine Kuhl made her impact in the Danish midfield, in which a 1-0 win sees Denmark lead Group D after just one match.
Arsenal’s January signing Victoria Pelova stands alone in Group E, and had a pivotal role in another 1-0 victory. This plays the Netherlands runners-up in the group, as the United States leads the pack on goal difference.
Sweden have a very heavy Arsenal presence, with Stina Blackstenius, Amanda Ilestedt and Lina Hurting all representing their country. Arsenal’s other summer signing Amanda Ilestedt has provided Gooners with excitement for the upcoming WSL season, as her clinical finish in the last minute to secure Sweden the winner, is exactly what Jonas Eidevall’s side needs to go ahead of Chelsea this season.
Although each team has only played 1 game, it’s a proud moment to see the impact that the Arsenal players are having on their respective countries.