Panama already know that their FIFA Women’s World Cup journey will be coming to an end once the final whistle is blown in Sydney – but with the shackles off against the current table toppers, can las Canaleras provide one of the shock results of the tournament?
Ignacio Quintana’s side have failed to score thus far in the tournament, limping to two defeats in their opening two matches. A hefty defeat to Brazil on the opening matchday saw Ary Borges star for Brazil, netting the first hat-trick of the tournament in Adelaide – and las Canaleras were also narrowly defeated by Jamaica last time out.
France’s campaign commenced with a rather uninspiring goalless draw against Jamaica, but Hervé Renard’s side seemed to find form with a 2-1 win over Brazil last time out – moving them to the top of the Group F table on goals scored.
Panama’s dreams of progression have already been shattered – but les Bleues will need just a point to qualify. A win wouldn’t necessarily secure the top spot though, as that may be decided on goal difference if Jamaica also defeat Brazil.
Aldrith Quintero is expected to return to the Panama starting eleven, while Hervé Renard is likely to name an unchanged French side from their win over Brazil.
Panama: Bailey; E. Cedeno, Natis, Pinzon, Baltrip-Reyes, Castillo; Cox, Gonzalez, Quintero, Tanner; L. Cedeno
France: Peyraud-Magnin; Perisset, Lakrar, Renard, Karchoui; Toletti, Geyoro, Dali; Diani, Bacha, Le Sommer
Where can I watch?
Kick-off in Hamilton is scheduled for 11:00am on Wednesday, 2nd August 2023. The match will be broadcast live on ITV4 and ITVx, with coverage starting at 10:30am. If you’re unable to watch the match, fear not – we’ll have a detailed match report published within minutes of the final whistle.