Co-hosts Australia Make Historic Semi Final Entry in Women’s World Cup, Defeating France in Thrilling Penalty Shootout.
In a tense night in Brisbane, there was minimal difference between the two teams, and the quarterfinal concluded 0-0 after 120 minutes of deadlock.
Substitute Cortnee Vine emerged as the Matildas’ hero, securing the pivotal penalty in the sudden-death shootout, prompting jubilation among the home fans.
Talismanic striker and Australian skipper, Sam Kerr, received a rousing reception as she came off the bench in the second half.
However, her presence couldn’t shift the course of the match, and it was the French side that displayed greater prowess during extra time. The Matildas managed to hold on at the conclusion of a demanding 120 minutes.
- They went to penalties and after one miss each, Kerr stepped up to make it 2-2.
- Both sides scored again and it was effectively sudden death.
- Amazingly, they went all the way to 6-6, but both missed again.
- Vicki Becho then fluffed her attempt for France and Vine sealed history for Australia.
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Australia have reached their first World Cup semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shootout victory against France. After a goalless 120 minutes, it was spot kicks that ultimately were called in to decide this tense encounter. Arnold had a chance to win it with Australia’s fifth penalty but saw her effort cannon back off the post.
Hunt had another chance to win it after Dall saw her retaken penalty saved again, but also saw her spot kick saved by Drand. Eventually, Becho’s miss would allow Vine Australia’s third chance to win the shootout. She converted with the 20th penalty to send Australia through in front of a frenzied home crowd.
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