Jamaica’s Reggae Girls hold France to goal less draw at FIFA World Cup

Jamaica’s Reggae Girls earned their first point of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Down Under, after playing to a goal less draw with France in their crucial F’ opener in Sydney on Sunday morning.

The French team, ranked fifth in the world and semifinalists at the 2022 European Championship, nearly pulled off a late stunner but Kadidiatou Diani’s header struck the crossbar in the 90th minute.

After losing all three matches in their World Cup debut in 2019, Jamaica secured its first-ever point in a spirited performance against a resolute French team.

The bad news for the Jamaican squad is that top player and inspirational captain Khadija Shaw will be missing from their next game on Saturday against Panama, after the Manchester City striker was shown red card in stoppage time.

“I would say it is the No. 1 result we have had so far,” Jamaica coach Lorne Donaldson said of the outcome. “I think it’s the No. 1 I have seen, men or women. I would put it there.”

Reggae Girls Denesha Blackwood was named the player of the match.

France will try to regroup against Brazil and Jamaica will take on Panama on Saturday.


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