And Jamaica ties France!Go Haiti and Jamaica. Represent!
The highlight of the day had to be Jamaica, which went toe-to-toe with women’s soccer power France and ultimately earned a massive 0-0 draw. The Reggae Girlz rode their luck at times as France had a few narrow misses and also hit the post, but their defense held strong and stifled one of the pre-tournament favorites. The draw did come at a cost as Jamaica’s best player Khadija “Bunny” Shaw was sent off in injury time after picking up a second yellow card. Shaw will be suspended for Jamaica’s second group game against Panama.
Star of the day: JamaicaEvery member of the Jamaican team deserves to share this honor Sunday, as the Reggae Girlz grabbed an unlikely and historic result by drawing 0-0 with France. Ranked No. 43 in the world rankings, Jamaica did not back down and held No. 4 France scoreless over 90 minutes, with goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer making five saves. The point was Jamaica’s first ever at a women’s World Cup.
How unlikely was the draw? Jamaica had to start a GoFundMe to help them pay to attend the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand due to a lack of support from the country’s soccer federation. The huge gulf in backing and support for the two teams provides a peak of the inequity Jamaica has been forced to try and overcome. They did that Sunday with a legendary performance in Sydney.