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Matildas keep World Cup dream alive with come-from-behind win over Brazil

Ben McKay, June 13, 2019 5:55PM AAP

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Australia's players celebrates after scoring their second goal against Brazil. Picture: AFP media_cameraAustralia's players celebrates after scoring their second goal against Brazil. Picture: AFP


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Australia has fought back from two goals down to beat Brazil 3-2 in Montpellier overnight to keep their Women’s World Cup hopes alive.

Brazil went two goals up after Marta scored with a penalty and Cristiane landed her fourth goal of the tournament after 38 minutes.

But Australia fought back to give Brazil its first World Cup group-stage* loss in 24 years.

Brazil cracked under the Matildas’ relentless* effort of crosses.

Australia’s Caitlin Foord scored in first-half added time. Then two ugly Brazilian misjudgements presented Australia with the lead.

media_cameraAustralia’s forward Caitlin Foord (centre) celebrates after scoring the first goal for Australia. Picture: AFP

First, Brazilian Barbara reacted too late to Chloe Logarzo’s low cross and allowed it to bounce into the net in the 58th minute for Australia’s equaliser*.

Then Monica scored an own goal* and gifted Australia the match after accidentally heading in a long, hopeful Australian punt* after 66 minutes.

Australia’s Sam Kerr was plainly in an offside position when Emily van Egmond played the long punt but the referee ruled she had not interfered with play while the own goal was scored and the goal was allowed after a video referee review.

“It was nice to come out swinging when our backs are against the wall,” Logarzo said of Australia’s second half. “We like a good fight.”

Logarzo, who suffered a broken leg in late February, was selected as player of the match.

The result leaves Australia and Brazil level on points with Italy, who play their second match against Jamaica in Reims on Friday, on top of Group C.

With the top three teams could go through to the last 16.

Australia, which has reached the quarter-finals in the last three World Cups, faces Jamaica in its last group game, while 2007 finalists Brazil face Italy.


  • group-stage: matches before the finals
  • relentless: constant and not giving up
  • equaliser: goal that equals the score
  • own goal: when a player scores accidentally against their own team, giving the opposition the goal
  • punt: long kick


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  1. Who scored the first goal of the match between Australia and Brazil?
  2. Where was the matched played?
  3. Who scored an own goal to gift Australia the game?
  4. What injury did Aussie Chloe Logarzo suffer in February?
  5. Which team does Australia play next?


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