A place in the last-16 of the Women’s World Cup awaits the winner of Jamaica and Brazil’s clash on Wednesday, and we could be in for one of the best games of the tournament.

The crucial fixtures, which takes place at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium at 11:00, will give Jamaica the chance to make history as they try to reach the last 16 of a World Cup for the first time.

The Reggae Girlz lost all three of their games at their only previous World Cup in 2019, but they are unbeaten so far, and Brazil have work to do if they want to secure their place in the knockout stages.

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Jamaica have proven they deserve to play on the big stage, but they still have work to do if they want to play in the last 16.

Lorne Donaldson’s side started the tournament with a credible 0-0 draw against France before they then proved too much for Panama, winning 1-0 on Saturday.

Donaldson will also welcome Khadija Shaw back from suspension in what is a massive boost for Jamaica’s chances, but their meeting with Brazil is their toughest of the tournament.

Brazil started their group campaign with a comfortable 4-0 success over Panama, but they got complacent in matchday two, losing 2-1 to France.

While it is Jamaica that holds the advantage heading into this encounter, they have had to perform at their best in two consecutive matches and their clash against Brazil may be a step too far.

Brazil’s motivation is simple; win and they will secure their place in the knockout stage of the tournament. With the likes of Ary Borges and Debinha set to play, they should be able to produce in the final third and put Jamaica in their place from the outset.

However, Pia Sundhage’s team have shown some serious frailties at the back and that will give Jamaica plenty of confidence. Brazil were sloppy in possession against France, and they have only kept three clean sheets in their 10 previous internationals.

Manchester City striker Shaw is the one to watch for Jamaica, and she can add to her 55-goal tally for her country. She scored 20 goals in 22 WSL appearances for City last season, so if Brazil do cough up chances, expect the 26-year-old to punish them with aplomb.


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