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Moya Dodd: ‘My role was to represent women’s football at the top table’ | Kieran Pender

The former Matildas vice captain opens up about her playing career, experiences on the Fifa Council and an enduring love of the gameThe meeting rooms at law firm Gilbert + Tobin, high in the Barangaroo complex with expansive views across Sydney, are na…

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From VAR drama to a viral video: six key Women’s World Cup moments

After 50 games and 141 goals we pick some of the tournament’s most significant talking points before its final weekendWhen the Lionesses captain, Steph Houghton, stepped up to the penalty spot the weight of England’s hopes and dreams were on her should…

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Australian football needs to heed Sam Kerr’s World Cup exit rallying cry | Richard Parkin

If Australia is to progress as a football nation it should ditch the facile results-only obsessionWith family and friends waiting outside in the foyer, just hours after Australia’s morale-crushing round of 16 loss to Norway, captain Sam Kerr rallied he…

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Women’s World Cup 2019 power rankings: USA top, Germany rising

The United States are the only team from outside Europe in the quarter-finals, in which England will play with the jury still outSpain have lifted the air of infallibility around the world champions but the USA are the title holders for a reason. Spain…

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Matildas fall short on mother of all rollercoaster rides | Joey Peters

The expectations of Australia at the World Cup were justified but nothing in football should shock us any moreAustralia believed they could go far in this World Cup, maybe even all the way. Belief has been a wonderful narrative around the Matildas for …

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Matildas’ World Cup exit is no disgrace; let’s avoid knee-jerk reactions | Richard Parkin

Ante Milicic was playing with the cards FFA dealt him and Australian fans should take a deep breathFor a deflated Ante Milicic post-match, the Matildas’ round of 16 elimination was the kind of kick in the teeth that makes you question your involvement …

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Matildas’ World Cup exit is no disgrace; let’s avoid knee-jerk reactions | Richard Parkin

Ante Milicic was playing with the cards FFA dealt him and Australian fans should take a deep breathFor a deflated Ante Milicic post-match, the Matildas’ round of 16 elimination was the kind of kick in the teeth that makes you question your involvement …

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Matildas bow out having failed to capitalise on glimmers of promise | Ella Reilly

The stark reality of tournament football will show the Matildas failed to match their performance in 2015Norway 1-1 Australia (4-1 on pens): player ratingsIn the end, it wasn’t defensive jitters that felled Australia’s hopes of World Cup glory. While t…

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‘It sucks to go out on penalties’: Matildas rally round Sam Kerr after shootout miss

Captain misses spot kick as Australia crash out to NorwayNorway 1-1 Australia (4-1 on pens): player ratingsMatildas skipper Sam Kerr has vowed to come back stronger after her penalty shocker in Australia’s World Cup loss to Norway. With the scores leve…

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Norway 1-1 Australia (4-1 on pens): Women’s World Cup player ratings | Molly Appleton

Lydia Williams stood out for the Matildas while Caroline Graham Hansen proved her status as one of the best players in the worldLydia Williams Continue reading…

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Norway break Australia’s hearts in Women’s World Cup last-16 shootout

Sam Kerr misses first Australian penalty kickMatildas finish with 10 players after Alanna Kennedy red cardSome games of football need only a single error, a single moment of brilliance to decide them. Others can feast on a cornucopia of chances yet nev…

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Norway v Australia: Women’s World Cup last 16 – live!

Updates on the Matildas’ game at the Stade de NiceAny thoughts? Email or tweet @KieranPender 7.21pm BST I’ve been trying to find out why the Norwegians are nicknamed the Gresshoppene (Grasshoppers). My intel to date suggests that it stems back to their…

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Matildas’ favourites tag makes Norway World Cup clash even trickier | Richard Parkin

Australia’s players cannot afford to focus on anything other than the match in Nice despite a temptation to look further aheadLike any metric Fifa rankings are a crude measure best taken with a sack of salt. A fleeting look at the women’s rankings tell…

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Women’s World Cup 2019 power rankings: USA top and England third | Suzanne Wrack

The defending champions are No 1 here ahead of hosts France with Italy the dark horse as the knockout stages beginThe question after USA’s 13-0 win against Thailand – in which Alex Morgan scored five – and 3-0 victory over Chile was whether they could …

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Disciplined Norway pose major threat to Matildas’ World Cup hopes | Richard Parkin

Ante Milicic has urged his team to embrace a proactive attacking style, but they could encounter their perfect nemeses in NiceDespite its global popularity, football remains inflected by regional influences. A most Scandinavian team in its style of pla…

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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…