The Matildas have captivated the nation and made it through to the Semi Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup but sadly couldn’t find a way through England at Stadium Australia on Wednesday night.
The task for the Matildas was always going to be tough with England winning the Women’s European Championships last season and the Lionesses did control most of the ball in the opening stages.
Cortnee Vine was on the bench in the first half and could only watch as Ella Toone hammered in the opener.
Sam Kerr gave the hosts a lifeline with a stunning long range effort and as Sydney FC’s Cortnee Vine was coming on as a substitute, England hit Austalia where it hurt and took the lead again through Lauren Hemp.
Vine, the hero from the last thrilling penalty shoot-out against France looked lively when she entered the field, had a good shot on goal and looked to run at her tiring opposition. The number five had 11 touches on the ball and helped create chances but the Europeans struck late on with the Matildas pushing for the equaliser. The match would finish 3-1 with many tears from the hosts, as they thought about what could have been.
A fantastic run from the Australians hasn’t ended just there as they now take on Sweden on Saturday evening in Brisbane in the 3rd place playoff.
Well done Cortnee and the Matildas on a fantastic run.
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