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Women’s World Cup warm-up match abandoned after 20 minutes for ‘overly physical’ challenges

A Women’s World Cup warm-up match between the Republic of Ireland and Colombia was called off after just 20 minutes for “overly physical” challenges. 

The decision to abandon the closed-door game in Brisbane came after several rough tackles.

Ireland midfielder Denise O’Sullivan, 29, was taken to hospital after hitting her shin, with the results of her scan due on Saturday morning.

Republic of Ireland’s Denise O’Sullivan

The Ireland team took part in a full training session after the abrupt end of the match.


Ms O’Sullivan’s injury comes just six days before Vera Pauw’s team kick off their World Cup campaign.

They are set to open the tournament on 20 July against co-hosts Australia.

Ireland's Amber Barrett (second right) celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the international friendly match at the Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Picture date: Thursday June 22, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Republic Women. Photo credit should read: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire...RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.
The team during an international friendly match last month in Dublin last month

It is the first time the Republic of Ireland team has qualified for the Women’s World Cup.

Ms O’Sullivan, who plays club football for North Carolina Courage in the US is one of the key players of Ms Pauw’s team alongside Arsenal midfielder Katie McCabe.


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