What a Comeback! Australia comes from two goals behind to win against Brazil

13 Jun

Drama, drama, drama! VAR, an own goal, a penalty- What else could you want from a footie match! And these two rivals…who have knocked each other out of tournaments in the past … were coming in with two entirely different first round experiences. Australia was a bit shocked by their loss against Italy where Brazil were riding high from a 3-0 win against Jamaica.

Brazil came out ready to go. Tamires had a great run down the left side and forced a save from Lydia Williams within minutes of the opening whistle. But Australia answered right back with a run down the left side by Carpenter. Five minutes later, Cristiane was knocking at Australia’s door. End to end action!

I neglected to mention Formiga in my last match report – Formiga is in her 7th – yes, 7th – World Cup and has overtaken Christie Rampone’s record as the oldest player in a World Cup at 41. Unfortunately, she received yellows in this and the previous match so she will be missing from Brazil’s next match against Italy.

Yallop went down in the box twenty minutes in, inviting VAR into the match but she’s called on a previous handball which would negate her foul in the box. That seems like a strange explanation but whatever…

But Kellond-Knight’s foul on Leticia Santos in the box was considered a penalty. I thought it was a bit soft but it did appear on some replays that there was some shirt tugging. In any case, Marta takes the penalty and scores.

Marta is now the first player to score in five different World Cups- 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. What a record!

Australia tried to come right back but Barbara was on her game and punched away any chance Sam Kerr might have had.

Debinha had a fantastic run to Tamires who crossed a beautiful ball to the hero of the last match for Brazil, Cristiane, and she headed it in.

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It seemed like the Matildas were in a spot of bother but right before half time, Logarzo crossed the ball so Foord could slip it in.

The second half saw both Marta and Formiga subbed off. Debinha continued to have an excellent game with runs up and down the pitch. Unfortunately she was not able to have those runs pay off, though she gave some great crosses to Andressa.

Logarzo had a great game as well. Just before the hour mark, she had a brilliant cross meant for Kerr. Kerr couldn’t get a touch on it and it continued on past Barbara for a great equalizer.

Brazil tried for a quick comeback but Andressa’s attempt was not strong enough and Williams took care of it easily.

The match then took a controversial and very strange turn with an own goal by Monica. The VAR check was rather confusing because the goal was initially waved off because Sam Kerr was offsides. However, Kerr never touched the ball so the question was – did Kerr’s run affect the play? VAR decided that she did not. Its all very confusing but Australia were now in the lead.

Cristiane was subbed for Beatriz who had a few good crosses in the dying minutes of the game but Williams was able to handle all of it for Australia to see it through.

Whew, what a match. Australia pull off a come back and win three points and Group C continues to entertain!

Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France
Attendance: 17,032
Referees: Esther Staubli (SUI), Sian Massley (ENG), Susanne Kueng (SUI), Stephanie Frappart (FRA)

AUS: Williams , Carpenter, Kennedy, Catley, Kellong-Knight, Yallop, Van Egmond, Logarzo, Gielnick (Raso, 71’), Kerr (Captain), Foord (Roestabakken, 90’)
BRA: Barbara, Leticia Santos, Kathellen, Monica, Tamires, Debinha, Formiga (Luana, 46’), Thaisa, Andressa, Cristiane (Beatriz 75’), Marta (Captain) (Ludmila, 46’).

– ForzaSusan

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