FIFA WWC Match Day Three Wrap - Some early favourites emerge

After 10 weeks of building up the hype with Edge of the Crowd's 70-Day Countdown to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, some dominant performances highlighted an action-packed day 3 for the FIFA Women's world cup. How did it all unfold? Read on to find out.

Catch up on our previous wrap up here:

USA v Vietnam

The favourites coming into the tournament were in fine form against the debuting Vietnam side. The footballing giants showed why they are going to be one of the forces to be reckoned with as the tournament moves along.

Chances were created early by Team USA, with their slick ball skills on display as a forward pass from Lindsay Horan being cleverly flicked on by the ever-present Alex Morgan for Sophia Smith to open her account in a world cup campaign who many of us at Edge of the Crowd think will be huge for the 22-year-old.

Smith, Morgan, Trinity Rodman and Savannah DeMelo were at their creative best as many smooth passing plays lead to chance after chance for the USA side who managed an astonishing 28 shots on goal with 66% possession.

While only 7 shots were on target, the USA looked extremely threatening and it's only a matter of time before they fully find their feet. After a penalty save from Trần Thị Kim Thanh thwarting Morgan, Smith was able to double her and her team's tally to two just before the half.

Vietnam defended valiantly but was ultimately outmatched by Team USA as they struggled to string many passes together and were unable to get a shot at goal.

Smith was unable to capitalise on a chance at sealing a world cup hat trick in the second half but showed fantastic composure as she set up her captain Lindsay Horan the wrap up the opener in style for a team who emphatically displayed why they are favourites.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: SOPHIA SMITH (USA). The young star was in fine form, showing great composure with her brace and in fine creative form as well as facilitating the play to create many chances for her team. This is just the start she would have wanted in the tournament and she becomes an early contender for top goalscorer.

Zambia v Japan

Another debut in this bout as Zambia faced Japan in another rather one-sided affair in favour of the 2011 champions. The most emphatic win of the tournament so far including the result mentioned above, Japan may be in a position to recapture the form of their golden years in the Women's World Cup.

The tone was set early with teenage sensation Aoba Fujino rattling the woodwork from way outside the penalty box in the 10th minute of the match, setting the tone for an incredible performance.

Patience was the key for Japan in the first half as Zambia were able to hold stalwart for much of the first half until a low-driven cross from Fujino found the feet of Hinata Miyazawa who slotted the ball home for Japan's only goal of the first half.

The second half was not nearly as close as Mina Tanaka extended their lead to two after a pacey breakaway set up by Jun Endo. Tanaka had two other strikes disallowed but was able to set up Miyazawa's second of the evening with a byline cut back to the opportunistic winger.

Jun Endo scored the goal of the game showing her pace once again and slotting the ball cooly into the bottom corner to make it four before an injury-time penalty by substitute Riko Ueki bookended the incredible performance from an exciting Japan side.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: HINATA MIYAZAWA (JPN). The exciting winger showed her goal-poaching prowess while also frequently being involved in Japan's many attacks in this game. Now tied with Smith for top scorer, Miyazawa's form could prove critical if Japan are to make a deep run in the tournament.

England v Haiti

The European champions were met by a resolute Haiti side who fought valiantly as major underdogs in this encounter. A single penalty was the difference between the two sides with Hait being a surprise package with their pace in counter-attack.

A handball from a floating cross off a corner allowed Georgia Stanway to take the lead from the penalty spot, an opportunity that was initially thwarted by Haiti's impressive WSL keeper Kerly Theus. However, she preemptively left her line and Stanway was able to convert the retake.

There were many subsequent chances for the lionesses with Alessia Russo coming close to scoring on several occasions only to be denied by Theus or the woodwork.

Chloe Kelly's work rate allowed England to maintain control in what turned out to be a close match and Haiti's Melchie Daëlle Dumornay was incredible in the midfield.

Haiti came close with two chances in the second half for Roselord Borgella which was denied by Mary Earps who opened with a great performance that mirrored England's start in the Euros.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: CHLOE KELLY (ENG). As mentioned, Kelly's work rate on the wing was extremely impressive in a game where England had to work harder than they probably expected. The Manchester City forward was in fine form, creating many chances and constantly giving headaches to the Haiti fullbacks.

Denmark v China

This was the most competitive match of the day with two high-ranked teams clashing in the proverbial 'group of death'.

Solid defensive work from both sides kept the sides scoreless for almost the full 90 minutes. Pass accuracy was limited to 75% and 68% respectively for the sides.

The first major chance came in the second half when a scramble in China's penalty box led to an almost open goal going astray as Josefine Hasbo's header went over the bar.

It was the 89th minute that brought the only goal of the game as a well-worked corner routine had Janni Thomsen deliver a great cross to substitute striker Amalie Vangsgaard who's header nestled into the back of the net to seal the win for Denmark.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: AMALIE VANGSGAARD (DEN). A substitute striker finishing a last-minute goal is always a moment to remember, and that's why Vangsgaard was the pick in this match. Her aerial threat and pedigree proved crucial in what could be a huge 3 points for a Denmark team looking to make a deep run in the tournament.

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