Today is the biggest match of Jess Fishlock’s career, as she and Wales host Jodie Taylor and England in World Cup qualifiers. The match — announced as a sellout — is the last in group-stage play for Wales, while England has one remaining game on Tuesday.
The last time these two teams faced off in April, they played to a scoreless draw, with Wales goalkeeper Laura O’Sullivan putting in a performance of her career to keep England from scoring. Wales also was unlucky, as a shot off a corner kick looked to have fully crossed the line, but the goal was not given. That result was the first point Wales has ever taken against England.
Wales currently sits at the top of Group A, with 17 points in seven matches. England is one point behind them, having earned 16 points in six matches. A win or a draw would keep Wales at the top of the group, although England’s last match is against Kazakhstan, a team that sits at the bottom of the group. That is likely to be a win for them.
Europe gets eight spots in the Women’s World Cup. There are seven groups in UEFA World Cup qualifying. The winner in each group automatically qualifies for the Women’s World Cup, which takes place in France in 2019. The four runners-up with the best record against the sides first, third, and fourth in their groups go into a playoff for the remaining UEFA berth. The first match of this playoff series will be in October, with the two winners meeting in November to decide the final qualifier.
Wales has never been in a position to be playing their last match of World Cup qualifiers and still be in the running, so this moment alone is huge for the country. A win would obviously be even more significant.
Right now, the match looks to only be available to watch for UK viewers, but will be streaming on BBC Radio. We will be sure to update if additional streams become available.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Friday, August 31, 11:45 AM PT
Location: Rodney Parade Stadium, Newport, Wales
Listen: BBC - Radio Wales
Livestream: BBC (Available to UK users only), BBC iPlayer (Also likely geoblocked)
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