England 2-1 Scotland
England opened their World Cup campaign with a narrow victory over rivals Scotland in a game where they showed glimpses of their potential.
After an open start, Nikita Parris scored from the spot on her World Cup debut after the penalty was awarded following a video assistant referee review.
Ellen White doubled the advantage before the break as Phil Neville’s team dominated the first half.
But Scotland, who were making their World Cup debut and are ranked 17 places below England at 20th in the world, took advantage as their opponents eased off in the second half and Claire Emslie slotted in from close range after Steph Houghton’s poor pass.
Brazil 3-0 Jamaica
Brazil striker Cristiane became the oldest person to score a World Cup hat-trick as her treble handed debutants Jamaica a 3-0 loss.
The South American champions were missing legendary forward Marta, the all-time leading scorer in Women’s World Cups, through injury in Grenoble.
But they got their Group C campaign off to a flying start as Cristiane headed the first before tapping home a second.
And a fine free-kick gave the 34-year-old the first hat-trick at France 2019.
Cristiane, who plays her club football in her home country for Sao Paulo, is the oldest player to score a World Cup hat-trick in either the men’s or women’s game.
Aged 34 years and 25 days, she beat the record held by Cristiano Ronaldo, who was 33 years and 130 days old when he scored a hat-trick in
Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain at the men’s World Cup in Russia in June 2018.
In front of a 17,000 crowd at the Stade des Alpes, Brazil could even afford to miss a penalty, Jamaica’s 19-year-old keeper Sydney Schneider saving Andressa Alves’ weak attempt when the score was 1-0.
It was awarded after Allyson Swaby handled inside her own area.
Australia 1-2 Italy
Italy fought back from a goal down to beat Australia in stoppage time and pull off a big shock at the end of the best contest of the Women’s World Cup.
Juventus star Barbara Bonansea struck both goals in the second half for the Italians, who have qualified for the finals for the first time in 20 years, winning it from close range in the fifth minute of added time.
Australia captain Sam Kerr had earlier given the Group C favourites a first-half lead as she tucked in the rebound after her penalty was saved.
Brazil later beat Jamaica 3-0 in Grenoble to top the group on goal difference.
Italy celebrated joyously at the full-time whistle in France’s north-eastern city of Valenciennes, having not played in a match at the World Cup finals since being eliminated in the group stage in 1999.
The Azzurri are ranked 15th in the world, nine places below Australia, who many commentators have tipped to have a strong chance of going all the way to the final in Lyon on 7 July.
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde