Jamaica made history by securing a spot in the Women’s World Cup knockout stages for the first time, while Brazil faced a disappointing exit from the competition.
The teams clashed in a tense match in Melbourne, with Jamaica showcasing a resolute defensive performance to extend their impressive tournament run.
Despite Brazil’s efforts, including the return of captain Marta to the starting lineup, they were unable to find the crucial goal needed to secure their progression. This marks the first time in 28 years that Brazil has failed to advance beyond the group stage in the Women’s World Cup.
Unbelievable, unimaginable scenes as Jamaica knock Brazil out of the Women’s World Cup.
It’s one of the all-time shocks in World Cup history.
— Sebastian Hassett (@sebth) August 2, 2023
Marta, a revered figure in the football world and the all-time leading scorer in both men’s and women’s World Cups saw her sixth tournament in Australia come to an end. She made three group-stage appearances but will not have the opportunity to feature further in the competition.
In a goalless draw, Jamaica showcased their defensive resilience, setting the stage for a potential last-16 matchup against either Colombia or Germany. Meanwhile, France secured their place in the knockout stages as Group F winners following their victory over Panama in another match.