Jamaica vs Italy, Friday’s match for the second round of Group C of the Women’s World Cup 2019 at the Stade Auguste-Delaune, in Reims, France.
The Jamaicans were victims of the “Canarinhas” team in their debut match. They took a 3-0 defeat on Sunday, June 9. They failed to stop striker Cristiane, who scored a hat-trick.
The goals were made at 15 minutes of the initial half, at 5 and 19 of the second time. The difference could still have been greater, but Andressa missed a penalty shootout in the 38th minute in the first half.
The wide margin of the score, however, ended up being exaggerated by the performance of the Central Americans, who with 43% possession of the ball still managed to create 13 chances to finish. However, they sent only three of them to the target indicating the technical limitations.
They also showed fragility in the defensive system, which allowed the Brazilian team 18 finalizations. The big difference of goals complicated, even, the possibility of a classification through the dispute of the recapture if they can reach the third place.
If the wide result did not accurately reflect what happened within the four lines in the Jamaica-Brazil match, the score of Italy’s 2-1 defeat of Australia was even more disruptive to team performance.
The Aussies had control of the game most of the time. And they were able to turn the 57% ball possession into goal attempts. They were 17 against only five of the Italians.
Of those, seven had the right direction allowing goalkeeper Laura Giuliani to shine, even though the goal line was leaked within 22 minutes of the start when Samantha Kerr took advantage of the rebound from the penalty kick that she even charged to put Australia ahead of the score.
Giuliani was not the only one to shine. In the second half, midfielder Barbara Bonansea scored in the 11th minute and 50 minutes to secure the first three points for the Italians and leaving them in second-place.
The defensive posture of Italy against Australia can be attributed to the fact that the team is considered inferior technically. Before Jamaica, the expectation is that the Italians adopt a more attacking strategy. This makes the prognosis in their success the best guess for Friday’s meeting for the second round of the Women’s World Cup in France.