Khadija Shaw was sent off late on as Jamaica held a wasteful France to a 0-0 draw in their Women’s World Cup Group F opener.
The Jamaica captain had been her country’s focal point up front, but rash challenges on Sakina Karchaoui and Wendie Renard in either half saw her sent off for two yellow cards in the 92nd minute.
Shaw will now miss Jamaica’s second group game against Panama next weekend.
Despite the late blow, the Reggae Girlz celebrated their first-ever World Cup point at full-time, having held fifth-ranked France to their first goalless draw at the tournament.
On the balance of chances, Les Bleues should have won the game, wasting numerous opportunities. Kadidiatou Diani was the key culprit, her game epitomised when a 90th-minute header pinged off the top of the crossbar.
The absence of some key players was also clear for France, with plenty for new manager Herve Renard to work on ahead of their second group game against Brazil.
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Group F returns on Saturday July 29. France take on Brazil, while Jamaica face Panama.
The final group games will take place on Wednesday August 2. France will play Panama, while Jamaica finish the group with a match against Brazil.
What is the schedule?
The group stage has begun and runs over a two-week period finishing on August 3. Group winners and runners-up progress to the round of 16, which takes place from August 5 to August 8.
The quarter-finals, which will be held in Wellington, Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney, are scheduled for August 11 and 12.
The first semi-final will then be played on August 15 in Auckland, with the other semi-final taking place on August 16 at the Accor Stadium in Sydney, which will then host the final on August 20.
A third-place play-off will be played the day before the final on August 19 in Brisbane.