Women’s World Cup 2023 LIVE: New Zealand vs Norway latest results and updates before Australia vs Ireland

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The biggest ever Women’s World Cup kicks off with both co-hosts in action on the opening day as New Zealand take on Norway in Auckland and Australia take on Ireland in Sydney.

The launch comes just hours after a mass shooting in Auckland killed two people and injured six. A gunman was also found dead after the shooting in central Auckland, which took place near the hotels where some of the teams are staying.

But the World Cup will “go ahead as planned” and New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said there was no risk to national security. A minute’s silence will be observed before both opening matches this morning as New Zealand look to claim a historic victory in the tournament at Eden Park against star-studded Norway.

Australia will then be hoping to get their campaign off to the perfect start as the Matildas take on Ireland in front of what is expected to be a record crowd at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium. Australia have emerged as one of the tournament favourites, led by star Sam Kerr, and a winning start is crucial, with Canada and Nigeria making up the ‘group of death’.

Follow the latest WC results, updates and news in today’s live blog


New Zealand 0-0 Norway

7 min: Norway’s forward line is full of quality. Ada Hegerberg’s return to the team gives them an extra dimension and every time they get the ball near the penalty area there is a bit of panic from the New Zealand defenders.

However, the hosts are holding their own at the moment.

Mike Jones20 July 2023 08:13


New Zealand 0-0 Norway

3 min: New Zealand will be happy with their start here. They have kept possession well and are limiting Norway’s time on the ball.

Both teams are trying to find their feet in these early stages. A long ball up the pitch falls to Hannah Wilkinson. She brings it under control and drives through the back line.

Wilkinson takes the ball into the box and looks to turn it, the Norway keeper spills the ball trying to scoop it up and it bubbles out to Jacqui Hand who grabs a shot that flies wide.

Mike Jones20 July 2023 08:09


Kick off: New Zealand 0-0 Norway

Here we go! The Women’s World Cup 2023 is underway. Co-hosts New Zealand get the game started against a decent Norwegian team.

Can they shock the Europeans today?

Mike Jones20 July 2023 08:04


Women’s World Cup 2023: New Zealand vs Norway

These are difficult circumstances for both teams.

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Jamie Braidwood20 July 2023 08:04


Women’s World Cup 2023: New Zealand vs Norway

Hymns! New Zealand face a tough opening game here against Norway, but this is a proud moment for them in front of a sell-out Eden Park.

A fantastic mood ahead of what is set to be a brilliant month.

New Zealand captain Abi Riley was particularly emotional.

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Jamie Braidwood20 July 2023 at 08.00


Women’s World Cup 2023: Opening ceremony underway

A record-breaking crowd is expected for tonight’s World Cup opener – the largest attendance for a football match in the country, men’s or women’s.

New Zealand are aiming for their first ever victory at the World Cup after going winless in five appearances at the tournament and 15 previous attempts.

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Jamie Braidwood20 July 2023 07:53


Women’s World Cup: The Auckland shooting was in domestic custody for domestic violence

The gunman behind Thursday morning’s shooting in Auckland, New Zealand, that killed two people and wounded six, had a history of domestic violence and was in the home, police said.

The assailant, who also died in the shooting, was reportedly a 24-year-old man who was under house arrest on domestic violence charges and subject to electronic monitoring.

He had previously been sentenced to five months in custody on charges of respiratory distress, assault with intent to injure and willful damage.

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Jamie Braidwood20 July 2023 07:51


Women’s World Cup ‘continues as planned’ after shooting in Auckland

The Women’s World Cup will ‘go ahead as planned’ after a shooting in Auckland, just hours before the city hosts the first match of the tournament.

Ahead of the opening match between hosts New Zealand and opponents Norway in Auckland, a gunman was reportedly found dead after killing two people and wounding several others in the city on Thursday (July 20). The shooting took place at a construction site in central Auckland.

New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said: “Obviously there will be a lot of eyes on Auckland when the FIFA World Cup kicks off tonight. The government has spoken to Fifa organizers this morning and the tournament will go ahead as planned.

“Aucklanders and those watching around the world can be assured that police have neutralized the threat and are not seeking anyone else in relation to the incident. The safety of New Zealanders and the safety of our visitors is our first priority.

“There will of course be an increased police presence around Auckland to provide public reassurance, but police have indicated they do not believe there is an ongoing safety or security risk.”

Jamie Braidwood20 July 2023 07:43


Women’s World Cup: All of ITV’s daytime cancellations, from This Morning to Good Morning Britain

ITV daytime, including Good morning Great Britain and This morningwill face disruption in the following weeks when the Women’s World Cup kicks off.

Live daytime programming is a staple of the channel, with Susanna Reid, Lorraine Kelly and Holly Willoughby mixing hard news with light entertainment every weekday. Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary are currently the hosts This morning during the summer holidays.

But with the Women’s World Cup kicking off in host countries Australia and New Zealand on Thursday (20 July), ITV’s schedule will see a major upheaval until the final on Sunday 20 August.

Isobel Lewis20 July 2023 07:39


Women’s World Cup pundits – who will be presenting the 2023 tournament on BBC and ITV?

The Women’s World Cup is set to be one of the biggest sporting events this summer, with an unmissable lineup set to kick off in Australia and New Zealand on Thursday 20 July.

Last year, England brought home the trophy after beating Germany in a sold-out Wembley arena.

To give viewers the best experience of this year’s tournaments, well-known names such as Gabby Logan will headline the BBC coverage, while Laura Woods will take the lead for ITV’s coverage.

Jamie Braidwood20 July 2023 07:36

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