FIFA Women’s World Cup: 4 Takeaways From Australia Versus Rep of Ireland Match

Nigeria's Super Falcons are in Group B of the FIFA Women's World Cup with Australia, New Zealand and Canada
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There were opening day wins for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup hosts, Australia and New Zealand on Thursday as they defeated Norway and Republic in Groups A and B respectively.

The fixture between Australia and Republic of Ireland was of interest to Nigerians whose national team, Super Falcons are in the same group.

Prime Business Africa saw the game and here we present our four takeaways from the oppositions.

1. Ireland’s Impressive Heat Map

The Irish girls may have lost the game by the odd goal but they were not easy mincemeat for the co-hosts.

The emotions of the players who were reduced to tears after the slim 1-0 loss told the story about their efforts.

The players of Republic of Ireland team covered every blade of the pitch and they worked for each other.

Their staying power was there for all to see and perhaps if this was a knockout game, they would be favourites to get something out of it.

2. Australia’s Pass Completion

While Republic of Ireland came out tops in terms of the areas on the field of play, the Aussies completed more passes.

The Maltidas also stifled their opponents from playing out of the back with their pressing game.

In fact in the first half, there was only one shot on goal – which came from an Australian player.

3. Australia’s Ball Recoveries

One significant stats in favour of Australia in the second game of Thursday was that they had better recoveries of the ball.

The World Cup co-hosts did not play without the ball for a maximum period of five minutes all thanks to their impressive pressing.

They also went long with the passes to deprive Ireland whose strong point was apparently in their bundle of energy.

4. Physical Irish

The Irish girls were ostensibly frustrated by the better passing range of their rivals and in some cases resorted to heavy tackles.

That of course did not go unpunished and ultimately culminated in the penalty that undid all their hard work.

The Super Falcons would have to make use of their pace down the flanks against the Irish.

Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.

In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.

He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.

Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.

He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.

Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.

Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.

Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.

In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.

He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.

Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.

He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.

Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.

Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.


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