England, Scotland, Japan To Meet At Women's World Cup As Paris Stages Draw
BoulogneBillancourt, France, Dec 8 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 9th Dec, 2018 ) :England and Scotland will meet each other in their opening game at the 2019 women's World Cup in France after being placed in the same group in Saturday's draw alongside former winners Japan as well as Argentina.
Meanwhile, hosts France were given a meeting with South Korea in the opening game of the 24-team tournament at the Parc des Princes in Paris on June 7 as Les Bleues hope to match their male counterparts, who won this year's World Cup in Russia.
"I think it's a great group," said England manager Phil Neville, who labelled the Scotland clash as a standout but also highlighted the matches that will follow.
"England against Argentina is historically always a feisty occasion and then England against Japan is two of the top five or six teams in the world, so we could not have asked for a better group." Phil Neville's side were also semi-finalists at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, losing to Japan, while Scotland will be making their tournament debut.
"I think it's a good draw for us. It pits us against a couple of teams we are not that familiar with, which I like, and I like having Sweden in the third game," said USA coach Jill Ellis, who says she is putting together a strong squad for their title defence.
"I feel really good about this group. We have narrowed it down to a smaller group and I think we have a lot more depth in every line than we did in 2015." - Norway 'not weaker' without Hegerberg - That might sound ominous for France, who have disappointed at recent tournaments, losing in the quarter-finals in 2015 and again at the last Euro.
"Norway qualified automatically, so no," was Diacre's reply when asked if the Scandinavians would miss Hegerberg.
"All three teams are difficult. The idea is to finish first and go as far as possible." - Australia face 'superpowers' - Australia were among the top seeds but Alen Stajcic's side must face Brazil and Italy as well as debutants Jamaica in Group C. The Matildas will meet Italy in their opening game in Valenciennes on June 9.
"It's going to be very exciting but tough for all four teams."Two-time champions Germany are in Group B with China, Spain and South Africa, while 2015 hosts Canada are with European champions the Netherlands, Cameroon and New Zealand in Group E.