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With a penalty shootout win over France, Australia made it to the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup for the first time, sending the sell-out crowd in Brisbane feeling so rejuvenated.
Despite having reached the quarterfinals three times before, the co-host had never progressed beyond the semi-final stage. The Matildas’ fortunes were transformed and history was made in an exciting final on their home turf.
Cortnee Vine, who took the 20th penalty in the shootout and won on penalties with a 7-6 victory, secured the tie and promotion to the next round against England.
France’s goal was properly disallowed in extra-time, and the quarterfinal had to be decided on penalties as both sides failed to break the deadlock after 120 minutes.
France’s four misses were the costly mistakes in the shootout, as both teams missed from the spot, giving Vine the opportunity to end the tense encounter and spark some intense excitement among the Australian players in front of an enthusiastic audience of almost 50,000.
The Matildas’ lap of honor was accompanied by cheers, dance, and flag waving from fans, which has captured the imagination of the sport-loving nation.
Tony Gustavsson, the head coach of Australia, expressed his immense pride in his team and thanked the supporters. He emphasized that the crowd was a crucial part of the victory and acknowledged everyone’s contribution to the game.
Tertius Pickard/AP: France players on the pitch, feeling dejected.
France suffered a devastating loss, especially since Les Bleues had been able to score numerous times during niggling about in synchronized momentum throughout the game.
The most expensive mistake of all was Vicki Bècho’s miss, which allowed Vine to score and send her country into a frenzy.
Despite missing an opportunity to extend Australia’s lead in the shootout, goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold played a crucial role in saving Kenza Dali’ second attempt.
Hervé Renard, the coach of France, informed reporters that a winner was decided by fate. He added that the girls had an exceptional game and acknowledged their level of play.
“We extend our congratulations to Australia and its staff for their outstanding performance.”
A game that is sure to make you burst into laughter.
The match was surprisingly unrestricted due to the high stakes.
France began strongly and posed a significant threat during set pieces. Maelle Lakrar scored two close shots, reaching the crossbar from four yards on one occasion, while Eugénie Le Sommer, the team’s top scorer, saved only one goal from Arnold in the first half.
As the half unfolded, Australia’s confidence was boosted and the noise from the partisan stadium increased.
The home team’s most significant lead came just five minutes into the second half when Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, with her defense in quick succession, crossed the ball and Mary Fowler, aged 20, had a wider view of an open goal.
Despite Fowler’s goalbound effort being blocked by Élisa de Almeida, France’S striker was stopped from scoring. The team’ defense held strong and prevented any shots from going in.
After the break, France’s defense was put to the test as a result of the home team’ll further attack strengthened by the arrival of star striker Sam Kerr in the 55th minute.
During the quarterfinal match, Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, France’s goalkeeper, releases the ball. Tertius Pickard/AP is present to document her actions.
Despite being sidelined due to a calf injury, Kerr’s impact on the team was immediate in Brisbane, where she played as if her time was limited.
The forceful run of Kerr allowed Hayley Raso to make a save from the edge of the box, which Peyraud-Magnin made with ten minutes remaining.
Kerr expressed his immense happiness, stating that he couldn’t find the words to describe how joyful — but also proud of the girls who worked tirelessly together.
Our belief is strong, and we are riding the wave of excitement. We play our best football, with the girls performing exceptionally well, making it a team effort.
“The football scene in this country is evolving, and we are ecstatic to witness it.”
Despite their best efforts, Australia and France were unable to break through and the game ended in extra-time. Wendie Renard scored for Portugal in the 99th minute, but the goal was blocked when Alanna Kennedy of Australia was fouled in front of the referee while attempting to secure a corner.
Substitute Vine narrowly missed the target for Australia, with the Matildas player using her bare leg to guide the ball wide, but her moment came later.
Renard made substitutions for his goalkeepers and brought in Solene Durand to replace Peyraud-Magnin, but the strategy was unsuccessful as the tournament’s most thrilling match thus far ended in defeat for Australia.