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Hosts France and Olympic champions Germany qualified for the last 16 of the Women's World Cup, while Australia fought back to beat Brazil.
The Australian forward Sam Kerr opened the scoring for Italy and celebrated in the same way as Tim Cahill, boxing with the corner flag. The former forward replied with a message of support on social media.
Barbara Bonansea ensured Italy made a dramatic return to the Women's World Cup after a 20-year absence on Sunday with a stoppage-time winner that gave her team a last-gasp victory over tournament dark horses Australia.
The Australian women's national football team vowed Tuesday to remain focused on their World Cup aspirations despite the shock sacking of coach Alen Stajcic.
Football Federation Australia will appoint a new women's team coach in two weeks following the shock sacking of Alen Stajcic, the governing body's chief said Monday.
There were calls for answers Sunday over the sudden sacking of Australia's women's football coach Alen Stajcic just five months from the World Cup, as his assistant resigned in protest against the decision.
Australia's women's football coach Alen Stajcic was sacked Saturday just months out from the World Cup amid concerns over "workplace" and "player welfare" issues.
Midfielder Fara Williams says England's upcoming friendly against Brazil is going to be a tough test, and the players should go into the game as if it were a World Cup semi final, as they prepare for next summer's tournament in France.
After the confirmation that a British women's football team will bid to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2022, England and Barcelona striker Toni Duggan has spoken of her excitement about the move, and the possibility of becoming an Olympian.