Wilkinson’s goal helped New Zealand beat former champions Norway 1–0. With this victory, New Zealand avenged the defeat of Norway in the Women’s FIFA World Cup 32 years ago.
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Co-hosts New Zealand pulled off a major upset on Thursday as they tasted victory for the first time at the Women’s Football World Cup. Hannah Wilkinson’s goal helped New Zealand beat Norway 1–0 in their opening match of the tournament. In this Group-A match, both the teams could not score any goal in the first half. Norway, the 1995 winner team, had chances to score in the first half, but New Zealand did not allow them to convert into goals. Then in the second half, the New Zealand team was able to break through the Norwegian defence. In the second half, in the 48th minute, Hannah Wilkinson scored from inside the box to put New Zealand ahead 1–0 in the match. However, after this both the teams could not score any goal.
FIFA World Cup More than 42,000 fans watched the match at the stadium.
At the stadium, the game was seen by more than 42,000 spectators.
Eden Park Stadium saw a record 42,137 spectators, which is a record for a football game in New Zealand. Chris Hipkins, the prime minister of New Zealand, was also in attendance at the stadium to see the game. The New Zealand women’s team had competed in five prior World Cups, but they had never been able to claim victory.
The two teams faced each other in the World Cup 32 years ago, when Norway beat New Zealand 4–0 in 1991.
Before the match, the opening ceremony of the Women’s World Cup took place with a colorful program. During this, the view of excellent fireworks was also seen.
Women’s Fifa World Cup: New Zealand ends wait for victory, defeats Norway in big upset
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Co-hosts Australia began their campaign at the Women’s World Cup on a winning note, beating Ireland 1-0 here. Steph Catley scored a penalty in the 52nd minute to give his team the victory. The stadium was packed with 75,784 spectators, while Australia were dealt a blow by the absence of top-scorer Kerr, who will miss two matches due to injury.
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