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Sam Kerr’s penalty demons return in Matildas’ Olympic defeat to Sweden

Sweden come from behind to win 4-2 in Group G match Australia’s captain scores twice but also misses from the spot Sam Kerr would not have forgotten the weight of the silence that stretched and warped the world around her as she stood staring at the ba…

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Sweden v Australia: 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games women’s football – live!

Updates from the Matildas’ second Group G matchAny thoughts? Email or tweet @scott_heinrich 9.36am BST 4 min: Australia creep forward with some short, delicate passing but the final ball – the one meant for Kerr – is cut off. Luik then gets the better …

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Sam Kerr ignites attack as Matildas beat New Zealand 2-1 in Tokyo Olympics opener

Kerr, Tameka Yallop goals secure victory at Tokyo StadiumAustralian team posed with Aboriginal flag before kick-offAt a pre-Olympics press conference, Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson was asked about his team’s reliance on the form of star striker Sam Ke…

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Sam Kerr ignites attack as Matildas beat New Zealand 2-1 in Tokyo Olympics opener

Kerr, Tameka Yallop goals secure victory at Tokyo StadiumAustralian team posed with Aboriginal flag before kick-offAt a pre-Olympics press conference, Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson was asked about his team’s reliance on the form of star striker Sam Ke…

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Australia v New Zealand: Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 women’s football – live!

Updates from the Matildas’ Group G openerAny thoughts? Email or tweet @emmavkemp 12.56pm BST 24 mins I’ll say this about the Matildas. There is more flow in the front third than what we’ve seen in those recent friendlies. Something is clicking a smidge…

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Matildas’ Olympic squad tailor-made for unpredictable Tokyo Games | Samantha Lewis

Tony Gustavsson’s experienced group should provide dependability throughout a potentially precarious campaignAll football coaches are, in some way, visionaries. Not in a revolutionary sense, necessarily, but in an imaginative one. Often, the most succe…

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Matildas end losing streak with gritty draw against Sweden

Captain Sam Kerr hits bar in 0-0 stalemate in KalmarDraw ends Australia’s run of three straight defeatsAustralia’s women’s team turned in a much-improved performance ahead of the fast-looming Olympic Games to earn a scoreless draw against world No 5 Sw…

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Two quickfire own goals cost Matildas dearly in defeat to Denmark

Denmark 3-2 AustraliaYallop and Arnold both turn ball into own netTen minutes of defensive disaster left the Matildas in disarray as they lost 3-2 to Denmark in another blowprior to the upcoming Olympic Games.Teenage substitute Mary Fowler rifled home …

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‘I never played midfield in me life’: Sam Kerr’s shock at WSL selection

Kerr gains midfield berth in Women’s Super League team of yearMatildas captain was WSL golden boot winner with 21 goalsSam Kerr is many things – a prodigiously talented footballer, a thoroughly decent human, one of Australia’s greatest sporting exports…

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Sam Kerr’s title double provides emphatic response to doubters | Samantha Lewis

The Australian striker’s voice holds a lot of weight but she has recently done all her talking on the pitch“There [were] a lot of critics talking about us but we’re back, so suck on that one!” It was the line spoken in the heat of victory that cemented…

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USWNT face rivals Sweden at Olympics as GB play hosts Japan

Swedes knocked US out on penalties at Rio 2016 OlympicsReigning champions Brazil face Germany in men’s drawThe US women’s national team will face Australia, Sweden and New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics, while in the men’s competition 2016 winners Brazi…

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Netherlands humbling a reminder of Matildas’ place in world pecking order | Samantha Lewis

The 5-0 loss, following Sunday’s 5-2 defeat by Germany, prove Australia must temper Tokyo expectationsA month before the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Australia played two pre-tournament friendlies. The first was against eventual champions, the United States…

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Adaptability proves its worth despite Matildas’ thrashing by Germany | Samantha Lewis

There were silver linings to the 5-2 defeat and to the circumstances that forced new coach Tony Gustavsson’s handIt is not often Sam Kerr’s number glows red on the substitute board during an international game – particularly not one in which the Matild…

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Germany v Australia: women’s international football friendly – live!

Updates from the Matildas’ first game in over a yearKick off time is 4:10pm in Wiesbaden, 12:10am Sunday AESTAny thoughts? Email or tweet @emmavkemp 2.55pm BST There has been much talk about the fact we are little more than 100 days out from the Olympi…

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Sam Kerr scores another hat-trick in Chelsea’s 6-0 rout of Birmingham City

Matildas captain now joint top of WSL golden boot raceHas now scored 10 and assisted two in last six matchesSam Kerr’s remarkable marksmanship for Chelsea has hit a fresh peak as she snaffled another hat-trick to power the Women’s Super League champion…

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Sam Kerr scores another hat-trick in Chelsea’s 6-0 rout of Birmingham City

Matildas captain now joint top of WSL golden boot raceHas now scored 10 and assisted two in last six matchesSam Kerr’s remarkable marksmanship for Chelsea has hit a fresh peak as she snaffled another hat-trick to power the Women’s Super League champion…

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Matildas lock in first game in over a year against Olympic champions Germany

Australia to meet European powerhouse on 11 AprilTony Gustavsson faces baptism of fire against world No 2 sideDebuts do not get much tougher than playing the two-time world and defending Olympic champions, but that is the challenge facing new Matildas …

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Champions League collision course vindicates Kerr, Carpenter’s W-League departures | Samantha Lewis

The Matildas duo could yet become the first Australian women to face each other in the final of Europe’s top club tournamentNikki Stanton raises her arm and pauses. The players of Perth Glory and Canberra United jostle around the top of the 18-yard box…

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W-League needs firmer foundations to plug the talent drain to Europe | Emma Kemp

With so many stars being lured away from Australia, the league looks to expand its calendar and professionaliseThe first thing that stuck out about Melbourne City’s W-League opener against Brisbane Roar was Teagan Micah’s superb performance in goal. Th…

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Lisa De Vanna: ‘Every player wants to have that heroic send-off’ | Samantha Lewis

She hasn’t yet had her fairytale Matildas farewell, but Covid-19 lockdown in Italy has given the veteran striker new perspectiveLisa De Vanna has never done things quietly. So it took many by surprise when, after the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the Matilda…