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Australia v Brazil | Group Stage 2019

FIFA Women's World Cup | Stade de la Mosson

This was an immediate classic Women’s World Cup! The game was fascinating and produced an exciting back and forth meeting. Before Australia got a kick back from the finish Caitlin Foord, first before the break, and then with Chloe Logarzo’s long-term attempt and Monica’s own target in a second quarter, Brazil took the lead from two of its Stars: Marta and Cristiane. In the final match in Group C Australia will face Jamaica, while on Tuesday the 18th of June Brazil will face Italy.

“Tonight is one of the finest Australian performances I’ve seen. The players deserve all the rewards they were given tonight. I’m really delighted for them. They never stopped believing, and the coaching staff never stopped believing. We kept on believing in our style and in our football and it’s an Australian performance to be proud of.”
Ante Milicic, Australia coach

Australia took the worst possible beginning, faced with a certain amount of pressure, and looked rattled after the opener was granted. Recent great victories over Brazil suddenly seemed a remote memory, and Australia produced far fewer chances of first-half than Italy with Sam Kerr being hungry. But the never-told reputation of the Matildas has been strengthened by a notable 20-minute, three-goal return to revive the campaign.

“It was supposed to be a very competitive match, and that’s what we had. We came here to win and advance to the next stage. Now, it’s worthless to lament the result. We are still fighting for our spot and should focus on that.”
Marta, Brazil Captain

Brazil could contain the Australians in terms of tactics and make progress in the score. However, their adversaries were persistent and had luck in the netbox with lengthy crosses. A Selecao has the ability to rebound. A loss is difficult to swallow.

Australia’s victory is only the second time a team has won a two-goal match in Women’s World Cup history (248 games). After falling 2-0 in the 1995 group phase, Sweden beat Germany by 3:2.

“I will let you in on a little secret, it was a just a through ball to Sam (Kerr),” said Player of the Match Chloe Logarzo through a broad smile as she described her goal as Australia equalised. “But Sam did a great job of disguising it and putting the goalkeeper off, so I will take it.”
Chloe Logarzo, Player of the Match

For Australia and Brazil the rest and recovery time is crucial in the run-up to two major Group C matches.

Image: Kane Oosty/FIFA

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