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Plenty of room for improvement as Matildas turn attention to Norway | Richard Parkin

Nothing but a complete performance – in defence, midfield and attack – will be enough in the World Cup knockout stageIn terms of the spectacle, you could not have asked for more from Australia’s 4-1 win over Jamaica. A pulsating end-to-end clash, enliv…

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Sam Kerr goal-fest draws plaudits as other qualities shine through | Ella Reilly

The Matildas captain became the first Australian to score a World Cup hat-trick but her leadership is just as important as the goalsWhen Sam Kerr scored her and the Matildas’ fourth in Grenoble to ultimately guarantee the progression from Group C, she …

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Jamaica 1-4 Australia: Women’s World Cup player ratings | Sarah Groube

Sam Kerr, with four goals, was the standout performer in Grenoble, but the Matildas have work to do in other areasLydia Williams Continue reading…

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Sam Kerr nets four as Australia qualify for Women’s World Cup last 16

Swing in goal difference puts Matildas through in secondBrazil beat Italy 1-0 in other Group C encounterIt took Sam Kerr 10 World Cup games to find her first goal, but over 90 pulsating minutes in Grenoble the Matildas’ talisman fashioned four more – a…

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Sam Kerr nets four as Australia qualify for Women’s World Cup last 16

Swing in goal difference puts Matildas through in secondBrazil beat Italy 1-0 in other Group C encounterIt took Sam Kerr 10 World Cup games to find her first goal, but over 90 pulsating minutes in Grenoble the Matildas’ talisman fashioned four more – a…

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Jamaica v Australia: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

Plus updates from Italy v Brazil, Group C decidersDavid Squires on … the World Cup, goals and good old VARAny thoughts? Email or tweet @KieranPender 8.04pm BST 4 min: Shaw for Jamaica goes on a lovely run through the Australian midfield and again troub…

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Matildas faced with tricky balancing act as World Cup group stage reaches end | Richard Parkin

Qualification in the best possible position from Group C is the ultimate goal but other factors are at play against JamaicaGroup C’s lottery of permutations“As we stand here today, we haven’t qualified for the next round, let’s not forget that. We need…

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“Lottery of permutations”: Matildas can still finish top or bottom of pool at Women’s World Cup

Depending on results, Australia’s Matildas can still finish first, second, third or fourth in their pool with one match remainingMontpellier or Nice, Grenoble or Le Havre. 22 or 23 or 25 June.For traveling Matildas supporters, trying to anticipate wher…

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Matildas show resilience in face of adversity both on and off the pitch | Joey Peters

So far this World Cup Sam Kerr’s side have proved they are capable of adapting to whatever is thrown at them You win some, you lose some. It’s what I used to say to the Under-9s team I coached. But I was talking as much to myself and the parents as to …

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Matildas rally as thread of negativity fails to unravel Women’s World Cup hopes | Richard Parkin

Support for coach Ante Milicic from his players has been clear amid some disproportionate criticism“That was unbelievable. I think that’s one of the most exciting games I’ve ever played in. It was a game that’s had absolutely everything – from controve…

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Matildas issue bullish retort to critics with comeback win over Brazil | Ella Reilly

The force of will to pull back a two-goal deficit signals a turning point in Australia’s World Cup campaignAustralia 3-2 Brazil: Sarah Groube’s player ratingsSweat dripping, adrenaline coursing, a wry smile sambaing across her face, Sam Kerr issued her…

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Monica’s controversial own goal seals Australia’s comeback against Brazil

A much-vaunted Australian side recovered from the threat of group stage ignominy in a match featuring five goals, VAR, a comeback from 2-0 down and champion players inspired by enmity for each other. Related: Australia 3-2 Brazil: Women’s World Cup 201…

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Australia 3-2 Brazil: Women’s World Cup player ratings

Elise Kellond-Knight and Chloe Logarzo were excellent as the Matildas kept their campaign alive with a comeback win over BrazilLydia Williams Continue reading…

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Australia v Brazil: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

Women’s World Cup Group C updates from MontpellierSubplots abound as Matildas gear up for defining gameAny thoughts? Email or tweet @KieranPender 2.29pm BST Hello and welcome to Montpellier. The sun is shining and the scene is set. It might be hyperbol…

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Sub-plots abound as Matildas gear up for defining game with Brazil | Richard Parkin

The overarching narrative of Australia’s Women’s World Cup campaign very much hinges on events in MontpellierAlea iacta est. So the histories report Caesar uttered as he crossed the Rubicon, risking all on the hopes of a dream. After days of furore fol…

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Sub-plots abound as Matildas gear up for defining game with Brazil | Richard Parkin

The overarching narrative of Australia’s Women’s World Cup campaign very much hinges on events in MontpellierAlea iacta est. So the histories report Caesar uttered as he crossed the Rubicon, risking all on the hopes of a dream. After days of furore fol…

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Matildas’ rivalry with Brazil resurfaces with all still to play for | Richard Parkin

As deflating as the Italy defeat was, a win over familiar foes could yet see the Australians top group CIt’s as fierce a rivalry as any in women’s football: Australia v Brazil. In 2016 hosts Brazil knocked the Matildas out of the Olympics via the penal…

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Nothing can prepare players for the feeling of despair following a World Cup defeat | Joey Peters

The Matildas’ shock opening loss to Italy will have left them in a dark hole but they can emerge from it There is no bigger game in tournament football than the first. After a four-year wait, the opener can be quite overwhelming; it’s the game everyone…

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Spirited Italy the protagonists in World Cup win over Australia

After two decades out of the Women’s World Cup, Italy’s upset win over the Matildas has been years in the makingFootball is unequivocally a game of interpretation. Part of its enduring appeal is that any fan could watch the same match and at its comple…

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Gung-ho Matildas pay price as defensive frailties exposed in World Cup opener | Ella Reilly

Defeat to Italy begs the question of how this sumptuously talented attack-minded team can also dig inThe Matildas’ day out in Valenciennes was not meant to end this way. A 95th-minute defeat at the hands of a team who have endured a two-decade long Wor…