Co-hosts New Zealand stunned former champions Norway 1-0 in the opening game of the 2026 FIFA women’s World Cup on Thursday.
Hannah Wilkinson was the hero as her strike three minutes into the second-half, earned New Zealand a first-ever win at the senior women’s World Cup.
Wilkinson finished off from close range thanks to a laser-like cross from Jacqui Hand.
New Zealand will face debutants the Philippines on Tuesday in a match that had widely been seen as their best chance of winning in Group A.
The second game of the tournament will see co-hosts Australia take on debutant Republic of Ireland in Group B.
Nigeria’s Super Falcons will take on Canada in Group B on Friday at 3:30am (Nigerian time).
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