It’s day two of the Women’s World Cup and there were plenty of Arsenal players in action for their countries. In the early game (3.30am in the UK!) Canada drew 0-0 with Nigeria in Melbourne.
New Arsenal signing Cloe Lacasse was a second half substitute in that game but couldn’t help Canada break the deadlock. Canada missed a second half penalty through 40-year-old Christine Sinclair, who was (for now) denied the feat of becoming the first ever player to score at six World Cups. Arsenal goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo was an unused sub in that game.
— CAN Soccer’s WNT (@CANWNT) July 21, 2023
In the second game, Lia Walti captained Switzerland and Noelle Maritz played at left-back as the Swiss swept Philippines aside 2-0 with a penalty from Ramona Bachmann and a second half strike from Seraina Puibel. Walti was subbed on 73 minutes as this was her first competitive game since picking up an ankle injury for Arsenal against Everton in May. Walti is the third Arsenal player to captain their country at the tournament. Maritz played the full 90 minutes.
— FIFA Women's World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 21, 2023
The later game saw Spain beat Costa Rica 3-0 in Wellington in the first game of the World Cup not to feature an Arsenal player. Tomorrow sees Alessia Russo and Lotte Wubben-Moy’s England take on Haiti at 10.30am UK, while Katherine Kuhl’s Denmark face China at 1pm UK.