South American champions Brazil hopes for a winning start to their 2023 Women’s World Cup against Panama on Monday.
BRA-W vs PAN-W Match Details
Date: Monday, 24 July 2023
Time: 16:30 (IST) / 21:00 (ACT)
Venue: Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
BRA-W vs PAN-W Match Preview
Qualified for every edition of the Women’s World Cup, the first South-American side to ever do so, Brazil looks to add the silverware they are desperate for to give their legend Marta the perfect send-off. The all-time top goal-scorer of the competition with 17 goals is playing in her sixth and last World Cup. The Selecao have never managed to reach the final of the contest since ending as runners-up in 2007. Exiting from the Round of 16 in the last two consecutive editions has got the urge to perform better in the current edition. The side which is arguably in the transition phase does not have a huge amount of expectation riding on shoulders. Nevertheless, they want to give fans belief of things to materialize from this group of players. Brazil will bring their samba style or free-flowing football to the world stage but against top sides they will take the conservative approach. In a group with France, Panama and Jamaica one can expect they will demonstrate attacking play with a more cautious step against Les Bleues. Facing debutants Panama in the opener, Brazil will be approaching the game knowing a win will give them an early advantage on top of the table after France drew goalless against Jamaica and motivation ahead of facing the former in the next match. The Selecao are also the team to have won all of their Women’s World Cup opener so it is not hard to see where this one is going.
Panama knows the kind of challenge they are stepping into after making history by qualifying for their first Women’s World Cup. After the men’s did the nation proud five years ago, the women’s team match their achievement by beating Papua New Guinea and Paraguay in the FIFA Confederation playoffs after finishing third in their 2022 CONCACAF W Championship. Las Canaleras will hope not to be carried away by the occasion though as their 7-0 thrashing by Spain and 5-0 defeat to Japan in back-to-back matches will suggest them of the quality in the finals. Against Brazil, Panama will wish to avoid a heavy beating which will be a major blow to their confidence. They did drew 1-1 with another South American nation in Colombia whom Brazil beat in the Copa America final. However, they lost 2-0 to them in the other warm-up match. Facing an opponent that has lost just once in 18 matches in the group stages will be a mammoth task in itself in their debut match at a Women’s World Cup. The South American teams have also not lost a single game from the CONCACAF region. That record shows the mountain Panama needs to climb to even get a point on Monday.
BRA-W vs PAN-W Predicted Lineups
BRA-W: Leticia Silva; Antonia, Kathellen, Rafaelle, Tamires; Borges, Kerolin, Luana, Adriana; Debinha, Beatriz
PAN-W: Bailey; Castillo, Natis, Pinzon, Baltrip-Reyes, Jaen; Mills, Montenegro, Gonzalez, Cox; Riley
BRA-W vs PAN-W Dream11 Team Prediction
GK: Leticia (7)
DEF: Pinzon (8.5), Souza (8.5), Tamires (9)
MID: Cox (8), Adriana (8), Mills (8.5), Kerolin (8)
FW: Riley (7.5), Debinha (9), Zaneratto (9)