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Mike Wise, ESPN Associate EditorJul 20, 2023, 05:43 AM ET


Mike Wise is the associate editor for ESPN FC Australia and New Zealand.

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SYDNEY – Steph Catley stood tall as captain in Sam Kerr’s injury-enforced absence to deliver the Matildas a 1-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland in their Women’s World Cup opener on Thursday.

Below is how the match unfolded in front of a record crowd at Stadium Australia.