WATCH: Van Egmond earns two assists for Wave FC

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The international break being now over, it was the return to the colors of the club for our Matildas Abroad.

The Women’s Super League (WSL) opening weekend was postponed due to the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, however, the season kicked off in France while action continued in Sweden, in the United States and Norway for our Matildas Abroad.

UNITED STATES

Kick-off in the United States, Emilie Van EgmondSan Diego Wave FC lost 4-3 to defending NWSL champions Washington Spirit. Jaedyn Shaw opened the scoring for Wave, with Van Egmond finding the 17-year-old unmarked at the far post.

Spirit bounced back with three goals to head into the break 3-1. Alex Morgan scored from the spot in the second half to salvage a goal and then doubled her tally from a corner with less than 10 minutes left in the game, Van Egmond setting up the American from a corner.

Washington had the chance to seal all three points from the spot, with Ashley Hatch netting his penalty past Kailen Sheridan in the 10th minute of stoppage time.

Down in North Carolina, Alex Chidiacit is Racing Louisville lost 5-1 to North Carolina Courage. Goals from Kerolin, Debinha and Tess Boade helped Courage claim their sixth victory of the season.

Nadia Nadim recovers a goal for Racing, but the visitors fail to find the back of the net. Chidiac remained an unused substitute on the bench.

Meanwhile, Chloe Logarzoit is Kansas City Current extended their unbeaten streak to 13 games with a 1-0 win over Gotham FC.

Logarzo was benched for the first time this season but did not make an appearance in the narrow win.

Kansas’ goal came from the spot, with American Hailie Mace sealing the three points that lifted Current to the top of the standings.

France

Next, Lydia Williams’ Paris Saint-Germain started their D1 season with a 2-0 victory over ASJ Soyaux-Charente, where Williams was not in the PSG squad on the day.

New signing Lieke Martens opened the scoring in the 5th minute before Kadidiatou Diani doubled the lead just before half-time. PSG have a busy schedule ahead, continuing their D1 season and aiming to qualify for the UWCL group stage.

Sweden

Moving To Sweden, Aivi LiegeBK Häcken beat Umeå IK 5-0, with Häcken just four points off third place.

Luik did not appear in the matchday squad for the home side, however, in his absence his team got the job done. A hat-trick for Pauline Hammarlund and goals for Anna Csiki and Mille Gejl sealed the emphatic victory.

The Aussies clashed when Elise Kellond-Knight, Kyra Cooney-Cross and Courtney Nevin‘s Hammarby hosted Teagan Micahof FC Rosengard.

Kellond-Knight and Micah both started for their respective sides and it was the hosts who got off to the dream start, with Madelen Janogy scoring a first-half brace.

Cooney-Cross replaced fellow Australian Kellond-Knight in the heart of Hammarby’s midfield and helped seal a 2-0 victory over Rosengård. Nevin remained an unused substitute on the winners’ bench.

Norway

Our final stop takes us to Norway, where Tameka YallopSK Brann Kvinner beat Vålerenga 2-1 in the first round of the championship round.

Vålerenga opened the scoring in the first minute, but Brann found the answer in the 51st minute through Therese Åsland. Maraia Brochmann scored 20 minutes from time to seal the victory. Yallop did not appear in the matchday squad.

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