France will look to top Group F of the FIFA Women’s World Cup when they take on Panama on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Panama is competing for pride following losses to Brazil and Jamaica, which ensured their relegation. For the first time ever, Panama struggled against Brazil in their opening match of the Women’s World Cup finals. Las Canaleras lost by a score of 4-0. They did manage to put out a valiant effort against Jamaica on Saturday.
After a scoreless first half between the two teams, Jamaica gained the lead through Allyson Swaby in the 56th. As it turned out, Panama couldn’t score an equalizer. Ignacio Quintana’s team was eliminated early as a result of the 1-0 defeat. Las Canaleras will have their work cut out for them against a France team that is ranked 47 places higher than them in the FIFA World Rankings after losing their last four international matches. After a discouraging goalless draw with Jamaica to start the tournament, France was able to establish itself on Matchday Two with a 2-1 victory over Brazil.
Debinha’s goal in the 83rd minute appeared to put an end to the tense match after Eugenie Le Sommer’s early goal was canceled out, but there was to be a late twist when Wendie Renard headed in the decisive winning goal. France enters the final group game as the group’s top team, one point ahead of third-placed Brazil and having one more goal than Jamaica.
Les Bleues, who control their own destiny, will advance to the last-16 with a point, and a victory would be sufficient to clinch first place unless the Reggae Girlz defeated Brazil by a bigger margin in the group’s other match. In their last 10 international matches, France has won seven, tied two, and lost just one, so they will undoubtedly be hopeful of a successful outcome.
Yomira Pinzon, Carina Baltrip-Reyes, Wendy Natis, Emily Cedeno, and Katherine Castillo would make up Panama’s back five. Aldrich Quintero started on the bench. The 21-year-old could start again on Wednesday. Lineth Cedeno will start up front while the Sampdoria forward might be left to lead the line alone.
After overcoming an injury concern to play against Brazil on Saturday, Renard will continue to command the French defense. Eve Perisset, Kenza Dali, and Selma Bacha started for the first time in the competition. They will keep their spots on the bench as anticipated. Herve Renard is planning to start with the same starting lineup. Le Sommer will play up front for Les Bleues. She will try to score again after scoring her first goal of the competition in the victory over Brazil.
Sport Sermon Panama vs France FIFA Women’s World Cup Prediction
As the overwhelming favorites enter the game on Wednesday, we believe France will use their attacking prowess to defeat Panama with ease.
Panama 0 – 4 France
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