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Historic point for Argentina

Argentina collected a first-ever women’s World Cup point with a determined defensive display against Japan on Monday.

On a day of defence against attack, Argentina held Japan 0-0 in Paris in Group D while Canada edged Cameroon 1-0 in Montpellier.

Facing a team that was a finalist in the last two World Cups, Argentina barely managed a shot on goal as they forced in the first goalless draw of the competition and only the seventh in the competition’s history.

Cameroon were undone by one set piece in the dying seconds of the first half.

When the whistle blew at Paris Saint-Germain’s Parc des Princes stadium, Argentina’s substitutes jumped off the bench to join the players on the pitch at finally getting a World Cup point at the seventh attempt.

“This point is really important for us. I think we’re able to reflect upon what Argentina is and what it means as a team,” Estefania Banini, Argentina’s captain, said.

“We weren’t good enough to break down Argentina’s defence today,” Japan coach Asako Takakura said.

Since the group stage only eliminates eight of the 24 teams, the draw leaves Japan and Argentina needing one victory in their next two games. Both will need to find a way to score.

In Montpellier, Canada struggled with their shooting in the Group E opener.

Kadeisha Buchanan scored the only goal arriving late to meet a corner at the far post and bounce a header past Annette Ngo Ndom in the Cameroon goal.

“I thought Cameroon did a great job of staying compact and making it difficult for us,” Buchanan said.


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