There is no doubting which teams start as favourites in Monday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup™ matches.
Japan and Canada both begin their campaigns with hopes of taking home the trophy, while Cameroon and Argentina – the latter back after 12 years and still searching for their first point at this tournament – must upset heavy odds to make a winning start.
Argentina-Japan, Group D, Paris, 18:00
Twelve years after their last FIFA Women’s World Cup™ appearance, Argentina return to the tournament against genuine title contenders in Japan. Carlos Borrello and his players know they will need to play a perfect match to compete against such a formidable team. The coach feels that Argentina can do this by focusing on ball possession, trying to avoid their opponents’ high press and profiting from aerial attacks. Another key factor: they can’t lose concentration for a second.
Ai Yoshiizumi (JPN)
Although Japan won the Women’s World Cup at Germany 2011, eight long years have passed since then. Their 2019 squad consists of a new head coach and many new players, with just five survivors from 2011. Indeed, the average age of the team makes them the second-youngest at France 2019, and vital to their prospects against Argentina will be whether the younger players adapt quickly to the unique conditions of a World Cup.