He FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 opened in dramatic fashion on Thursday, co-hosted New Zealand obtaining the first victory of the tournament, also the first victory of the team in the World Cup, against Norway in front of a sellout crowd at Auckland’s Eden Park stadium.

The only goal of the game was from the striker hanna wilkinsonwho scored from close range early in the second half.

World Cup Now team Jimmy Conrad, Leslie Osborne and Melissa Ortiz broke down New Zealand’s win and shared their thoughts on who deserved more credit for the win.

Conrad: “I’m going to say hello to Jitka Klimkov√°, the coach of New Zealand. She was appointed in 2021, she’s the first female coach of the New Zealand women’s national team, and for her to have this kind of impact, I think it’s really important…I’m really curious what she said to her group because they were ready…Every player was ready to make a change and suffer for each other. I think that’s very important, and they stuck to their game plan.”

Osborne: “Hannah Wilkinson, this is a player who had two World Cup goals before this game. Now she has three…She stepped up today, and it wasn’t an isolated thing. She was all over the field tonight. She was dangerous; she was tracking balls; she was all over the place. I don’t think Norway knew how to defend her.”

Ortiz: “I’m just going to say straight ali riley because… I absolutely saw her being so dominant defensively and in offensive transitions. You saw her get on the wing to receive the balls and be that outlet to make those quick transitions forward, or at least be that kind of support, whether it’s for the midfielder or the centre-back.”

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