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Women’s World Cup: Australia vs Italy, Brazil vs Jamaica: Previews, How to Watch, Match Thread

Four Thorns will be available to represent their countries in the first round of action of Group C.

Australia v United States Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Australia vs Italy [4:00 AM]

After making it to the quarter-finals in the last three iterations of the tournament, the Matildas kick off their seventh World Cup campaign against Italy. Headlined by Sam Kerr’s knack for finding the back of the net, the Australians boast what should be enough athleticism and offensive firepower to carry them through the opening game. They will be met by captain and centerback Sara Gama, who will rely on years of experience to hold the Aussies at bay.

Italy is making its first appearance since 1999, and will try to build on a fantastic qualifying campaign that saw La Squadra Azzurra win seven of eight games. Cristiana Girelli scored seven goals over the course of UEFA qualifiers, and has 27 goals in 51 international caps overall. Midfielder Barbara Bonansea will slot in at left wing in a 4-4-2 formation and is one to watch as goes against right back Ellie Carpenter.

How to Watch

How to watch in the US: FS1, TELEMUNDO, Telemundo Deportes & NBC Sports Apps

Where: Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes, France

When: Sunday, June 9, 4:00am PT

Brazil vs Jamaica [6:30 AM]

Brazil enters their opener having already ruled out six time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta due to injury. One of the oldest teams in this year’s World Cup, Brazil hasn’t won a game since last July. Led by the 41-year-old Formiga, the Brazilians will look to turn their luck against World Cup debutant Jamaica. Players like Geyse and Debinha will need to step in and score goals in Marta’s absence.

The first Caribbean squad to ever qualify for a World Cup, Jamaica is led by Khadija “Bunny” Shaw, who scored two goals for the Reggae Girlz in their last warm up match against Scotland. While not a team expected to make a run in the tournament, Jamaica’s young squad has shown grit and talent, promising to make the match an exciting one.

How to Watch

How to watch in the US: FS1, TELEMUNDO, Telemundo Deportes & NBC Sports Apps

Where: Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, France

When: Sunday, June 9, 6:30am PT