Cristiane's hat trick earned her opening weekend MVP honors. Photo: Naomi Baker/FIFA via Getty Images

Australia's poor defense cost them in a shocking 2-1 loss to Italy on Sunday, marking the first big upset of this year's Women's World Cup.

And this weekend's MVP was Brazil's Cristiane Rozeira, 34, who became the oldest player in Women's World Cup history to record a hat trick.

Weekend scoreboard:

  • Group A: France 4, South Korea 0 — Norway 3, Nigeria 0
  • Group B: Spain 3, South Africa 1 — Germany 1, China 0
  • Group C: Brazil 3, Jamaica 0 — Italy 2, Australia 1
  • Group D: England 2, Scotland 1

What's happening:

  • What is a handball? A controversial VAR ruling in England's 2-1 win over Scotland exposed the problem with soccer's handball rule: it's way too vague.
  • For the Gwinn: Germany's Giulia Gwinn scored the game-winneragainst China, whose upset bid fell short thanks to two blown opportunities.
  • Ticket snafu, take two: Last month, news broke that hundreds of fans who purchased group tickets wouldn't be able to sit together. And now, some tickets aren't even working. You had one job.

Today's games:

  • Group D: Argentina vs. Japan (12 p.m. ET, FS1)
  • Group A: Canada vs. Cameroon (3 p.m. ET, FS1)

Go deeper: What to watch for in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

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