December 10, 2023

Women’s World Cup Football: Jamaica earns historic Women’s World Cup draw

By Aimee Lewis and Thomas Schlachter, CNN

Jamaica won its first ever Women’s World Cup point in a 0-0 draw against France. David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

A battling performance earned Jamaica its first ever point in Women’s World Cup history as the Reggae Girlz secured a 0-0 draw against heavy favorite France.

Jamaica had previously only appeared at one World Cup, in France four years ago, and lost all three games in a disappointing campaign.

However, it took just one game in 2023 for the side to outperform its 2019 efforts.

Jamaica, led by the supremely talented Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw, worked hard throughout in Sydney against one of the tournament frontrunners and deserved to take a point from the match. It was also the first time Jamaica, ranked 43rd in the world, had pitched its first-ever World Cup clean sheet.

With the game reaching its conclusion, Shaw was sent off for a second bookable offence and Jamaica was left to hang on without its star player. But the Reggae Girlz defended valiantly in the dying moments to secure a historic draw.

For France, ranked fifth in the world, this represents two points lost. Hervé Renard’s team was wasteful throughout and will be disappointed not to have converted promising positions into clearcut chances.

The result also diminishes France’s chances of winning Group F. With Brazil still to play, the task of topping the group has became a lot more challenging.

Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw was sent off as Jamaica held on to draw 0-0 Mark Baker/AP

For more on this story and all the Women’s World Cup results go to CNN

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