Italy Rejoice as Women qualify for France 2019

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Two decades of waiting is over as Italy qualify for the women’s Football World Cup in France.

The Azzurre beat Portugal 3-0 to ensure they maintained their 100% win-rate from seven matches in Group 6.

Cristian Girelli, Cecilia Salvai and Barbara Bonansea were Italy’s scorers in Florence.

The team’s last World Cup appearance came at USA 1999, where they failed to progress from their group.

 

The team’s achievements provide a much-needed boost to Italian football.

Next week the men’s World Cup will kick off in Russia without Italy for the first time in sixty years, after their miserable qualifying campaign.

Vamos Spain

Elsewhere, Spain qualified for its second-consecutive women’s World Cup.

La Roja’s’ 2-0 win over Israel on Thursday, coupled with Austria’s 2-0 victory over Finland on Friday means Spain can’t be caught in Group 7.

The Iberians have secured 18 points from their six matches thus far.

Spain made their women’s World Cup debut at Canada 2015, where they failed to reach the knockout stage.

 

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Author: Andrew Binner
Andrew is an Olympic Channel news producer and perennially-injured winger.