Apologies this one is a little late but I had the small matter of a flight to LA and given that I am now operating in a very different timezone, for the next few days these updates might not be quite as punctual as they were!
In the early kickoff, Stina Blackstenius and summer signing Amanda Ilestedt started for Sweden against South Africa with Lina Hurtig on the bench.
South Africa took a shock second half lead before Sweden equalised through an own goal. Lina Hurtig was a late substitute but it was Amada Ilestedt who was the heroine for the Swedes, heading home the winner from Kosovare Asllani’s 89th minute corner.
Unlucky #13? Not today. pic.twitter.com/Isejucx9mS
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Victoria Pelova then played the full match for Netherlands as they eked out a 1-0 win over Portugal later on. The next four games had no Arsenal players however, as France were held to a 0-0 draw by Jamaica, Brazil, captained by Rafaelle, beat Panama 4-0, Germany hit Morocco for six and Italy defeated Argentina 1-0.
Tuesday, however, sees Lia Walti and Noelle Maritz’s Switzerland meet Frida Maanum’s Norway in a crunch game in Group A and that kicks off at 9am UK time.