The world took notice as women footballers made a statement. 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, held in France, was a dazzling spectacle. It was a watershed tournament that has given us new heroes (not heroines! Damn political correctness!). Let’s look at the moments that stood out in the tournament.
Jamaica Women’s National Football team impressed everybody — fans and pundits alike. Havana Solaun scored the Reggae Girlz first-ever goal in a FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The clash of the tournament was between the two heavyweights — Eng Vs USA. The match had every kind of drama — from pre-match controversies, great goals, VAR controversy, and a missed penalty, to a red card. In the end, the USA won the match, and England won hearts!
English footballer Lucy Bronze’s goal against Norway redefined footballing precision and accuracy. The ball’s trajectory towards the top corner — from a 25-yard strike — was exceptional. The look on the face of David Beckham, present in the stadium, was priceless. He was pleased to bits!
Cameroon’s game against England was a heart-breaking contest. There was constant drama on the field. Things took an ugly turn when Cameroon felt undone by a VAR (Video Assisted Referee) decision that went against them. There were protests, and the Cameroonians refused to play. While England won, the match will be remembered for some not-so-memorable reasons.
She took home the Golden Boot, the Golden Ball, and was declared the FIFA player of the match during the final. Megan Rapinoe led from the front for USA as they won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.