Haiti beat Chile 2-1 on Wednesday to qualify for the first time for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, bringing joy and “a breath of fresh air” to a strife-torn homeland.
Melchie Dumornay scored twice to ensure 55th-ranked Haiti will return to the southern hemisphere in July to play in Group D of the Women’s World Cup alongside England, China and Denmark.
Haiti is the first of three teams to qualify for the finals from a 10-team inter-continental playoff in New Zealand.
Portugal will play Cameroon in the Group A playoff later Wednesday and Paraguay will play Panama Thursday for the last places in the 32-team tournament which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Dumornay recently was signed by seven-time Champions League winners Lyon and showed why with two pieces of slick finishing. She won the race to a through ball from Roselord Borgella in first-half stoppage time to give Haiti a 1-0 lead at the break.