Italy v Jamaica (5-0)

Group C leaders Italy defeated Jamaica 5-0 to secure their place in the round 16 after a 20 year absence.

Remarkably there have only been two players who have scored hat-tricks this World Cup and both have come from nations in Group C.

Brazil’s Cristiane christened the tournament with hers against Jamaica while Italy’s Cristiana Girelli joined the party, with hers only taking 46 minutes.

Italy will carry their momentum into the knockout stages.

England v Argentina (1-0)

England sealed a place in the last 16 for a fifth consecutive time after a 1-0 win over Argentina.

The Lionesses have also won both of their opening two games at a World Cup for the first time.

The game was all the more important for two of England’s players who had both lost their mothers. Chelsea striker Fran Kirby played on the anniversary of her mother’s birthday, who tragically passed away in 2008 from a brain haemorrhage.

Goalkeeper Carly Telford lost her mother last year after she died from cancer. After appearing in the 2007 and 2015 World Cup squads, Telford finally made her debut.

After the game manager Phil Neville embraced the players after the emotional match. He also made reference to the fact that their two mums were looking down on them and were very proud of their performances.

Netherlands v Cameroon (3-0)

The Netherlands reached the knockout round after securing another three points against Cameroon.

The highlight was the new record which was set by Arsenal’s 22-year-old sensation, Vivianne Miedema, who became the Dutch’s all-time top scorer.

Miedema has now registered 60 goals for her country in just 77 appearances. She is also the first player from the Netherlands to score more than once in a Women’s World Cup match.

Canada v New Zealand (2-0)

In Group E, another country who found passage to the last 16 was Canada.

Canada haven’t conceded a goal in 256 minutes, a stat that runs back to the World Cup in 2015.

The result takes them to six points, equal with the Netherlands.

Sweden v Thailand (5-1)

After conceding the most goals in a single Women’s World Cup tournament, Thailand scored their first goal through Captain Kanjana Sungngoen in Nice.

The 32-year-old struck a beautiful ball into the back of the net from open play to trigger an emotional moment for the players and coaching staff.

Thailand coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian said after the game that the goal meant a lot to them. “It’s a difficult goal and playing a great team like Sweden, it meant so much.”

Nualphan Lamsam, also known as Madame Pang, is the general manager of Thailand’s Women’s National Team and she broke into tears during the game.

As for Sweden, they have progressed beyond the group stages in seven of their eight appearances at the Women’s World Cup.

USA v Chile (3-0)

And the reigning champions USA dominated Chile in Paris with a 3-0 victory.

USA manager Jill Elis rotated the squad quite heavily, bringing in seven fresh faces. Despite the team change, the Americans still managed a convincing win.

Carli Lloyd made tournament history as she started and scored twice – that’s her sixth straight World Cup where the 37-year-old has found the back of the net.

USA will play Sweden for the top spot in Group F on Thursday in Le Havre.

Chile’s goalkeeper, Christiane Endler, made some incredible saves for Chile, putting up a ‘Man of the Match’ performance.

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