New Zealand's Women's World Cup journey began with a remarkable victory against former champions Norway, as they secured their first-ever World Cup win after a history of 15 consecutive matches without a victory.
The victory was witnessed by a record crowd of 42,137 at Eden Park, setting a new attendance record for any football match in New Zealand, regardless of gender.
Despite the initial victory, New Zealand couldn't capitalize on their dream start, as they later suffered losses to the Philippines and a draw with Switzerland, resulting in their elimination in the group stage.
In a surprising twist, Colombia, ranked 25th, stunned Germany with an upset victory.
Germany, considered a title favorite, saw their hopes dashed as they faced an early exit from the tournament after losing to Colombia and failing to progress past the group stage.
South Africa achieved a historic milestone by winning their first-ever World Cup match.
Kgatlana's goal was even more poignant as she revealed that she had lost three family members before the tournament.
The reigning champions, the United States, entered the tournament as favorites to win an unprecedented third consecutive World Cup.
Renowned player Megan Rapinoe, a key figure for the United States, had her final World Cup end in heartbreak as she missed a penalty during the shootout against Sweden.