The Matildas have been eliminated from the Women’s World Cup, after a do-or-die match against Norway this morning.
After a great start to the match, with gun Captain Sam Kerr dominating possession, Norway was in it with a goal in the 31st minute.
The Aussies spent much of the first half in defence, with some lucky saves from keeper Lydia Williams.
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It wasn’t looking good in good in the second half, despite the Aussies playing strong, the one-nil score was still unchanged.
Then Elise Kellond-Knight score for the Matildas in the 83rd minute, putting them back with a chance in the final minutes.
The match went into overtime, with Alana Kennedy sent off with a red card, bringing the Australians down to just 10 players.
They were able to hold the Norwegians off, forcing the game into a penalty shoot-out.
Norway exhausted the Aussies four to one in the shoot out.
Captain Sam Kerr was the first of the Aussies to miss a goal, and says she’s devastated, but they’ll be a stronger team for it.
“I am proud of the team, obviously we fought back there, went down a man, it sucks to lose in a penalty shoot out.
“We’ll learn from this. We’ll grow from it.
“The first half was not our best, but the second half we came out and dominated.
“These are the moments where you grow, but you become stronger as players and a team.
“I feel like we’ve let some people down, but we’ll be stronger for it,” Kerr said.