The Arsenal player left her mark on the match, revealing her potential on a global stage.
- Frida Maanum of Arsenal demonstrated a notable performance in the Women’s World Cup 2023 opener, despite Norway’s defeat to New Zealand.
- Maanum’s contribution to Norway’s performance offered a glimpse of her potential on the international stage.
- In the other match, Arsenal’s Steph Catley and Katie McCabe faced off with Catley scoring the winning penalty for Australia against Ireland.
The opening match of the Women’s World Cup 2023 saw Arsenal’s Frida Maanum showcasing her skills on the global stage.
Even though Norway faced a tough defeat against New Zealand, Maanum’s performance was a standout, providing a silver lining for Norway and the Arsenal faithful.
Despite being subbed off after 64 minutes, Maanum managed to create an impact during her time on the pitch.
With three total shots, two chances created, and 33 touches, she was actively involved in Norway’s game.
However, her most notable stat was the 80% success rate in aerial duels, which showed her physical dominance on the field.
While Maanum was holding the fort for Norway, New Zealand secured their first-ever victory in a World Cup match, thanks to Hannah Wilkinson’s solitary goal in the 48th minute.
The co-hosts displayed a direct and focused strategy that saw them outdo Norway’s defence.
In the other match
While Maanum was making strides for Norway, elsewhere Arsenal’s Steph Catley and Katie McCabe faced off in a nerve-wracking match between Australia and Ireland.
Catley, standing in as captain for Australia, took the decisive penalty that sealed their victory.
Despite the setback, McCabe, captain of the Irish team, showed exemplary leadership and fighting spirit, proving her worth to the Arsenal fan base.
This opening day of the Women’s World Cup 2023 presented a mix of emotions for Arsenal fans worldwide.
From Frida Maanum’s impressive performance for Norway to the contrasting experiences of Catley and McCabe, the World Cup opener sets the stage for more thrilling matches and standout performances from our Arsenal stars.