Women's World Cup Results 2019: Group Scores and Twitter Reaction from Sunday

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2019

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Nikita Parris of England scores her team's first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match between England and Scotland at Stade de Nice on June 09, 2019 in Nice, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
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England edged past Scotland 2-1 during their opener at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on Sunday.

Italy caused the first shock of the competition with a late 2-1 win over Australia.

The Italians grabbed the winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time as the Matildas failed to defend a set piece.

Elsewhere, Brazil won their opener with ease, defeating Jamaica 3-0 in Group C.

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Sunday's Results

Australia 1-2 Italy

Brazil 3-0 Jamaica

England 2-1 Scotland

                             

Sunday Recap

TOPSHOT - England's forward Ellen White celebrates after scoring a goal during the France 2019 Women's World Cup Group D football match between England and Scotland, on June 9, 2019, at the Nice Stadium in Nice, southeastern France. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE S
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England were pegged back by a resilient Scotland in their first game in Group D, but were able to haul themselves over the line.

The Lionesses were out of the blocks fastest and benefited from an early video assistant referee call after 14 minutes.

Nicola Docherty was penalised for handball in the box, allowing Nikita Parris to smash home her effort from the spot kick.

Presenter Gary Lineker was confident the goal would fire England to further success:

England increased the pressure up until the interval and doubled their lead through a composed finish from Ellen White.

The Scots were revitalised in the second half and gave a strong display as they chased a result.

Claire Emslie gave Scotland hope with 11 minutes remaining. The 25-year-old found the back of the net as the English tired.

However, the goal was just a consolation, and England will be relieved they managed to take the points.

BBC Pundit Alex Scott said England must improve if they want to proceed to the latter stages, per Match Of The Day:

Australia's players were on their knees at the final whistle as the Italians danced with delight in Valenciennes.

Italy had surprised spectators with the quality of their play, and Australia appeared jaded in the opening match.

The Europeans are appearing in their first World Cup finals for 20 years, and they provided a performance to be proud of. Italy had two goals ruled out by VAR, and it seemed it would be Australia's day.

Australian legend Tim Cahill had wished the Matildas well on Twitter at the start of the game:

Sam Kerr saw her penalty saved after 22 minutes by Italy goalkeeper Laura Giuliani, but the Juventus stopper could not hold the ball, allowing the taker to poke home the rebound.

The Aussies were comfortable in possession, playing their usual brand of progressive football, but they lacked a threat in the final third.

Italy continued to put their foot down on the accelerator in the second half. A reward for their effort was well deserved as Barbara Bonansea grabbed the equaliser shortly before the hour mark.

It was the Italians who went chasing a winner, and a set piece in the final seconds created a dramatic finale.

A free-kick was swung into the box, and Bonansea met the ball at the far post to head home the winner.

OptaJoe tweeted about the breathtaking moment:

Brazil had a comfortable start to the World Cup as they scored three without reply.

Jamaica were no match for the Brazilians from the early stages, and the deadlock was broken by Cristiane after 15 minutes.

The forward added two further goals in the second half to claim her hat-trick, giving her country the early lead at the top of the group standings.

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