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Matildas v US bore draw was Simpsons soccer meme come to life and left fans divided

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27th July, 2021
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Australian football watchers were divided by the Matildas’ 0-0 draw with the powerhouse United States team that left both teams likely through to the quarterfinals, although Australia must wait for another result to go their way.

The draw saw the Matildas in third in Group G with four points after all games in the group have been played. That means they will Great Britain or Canada, barring a ridiculous result elsewhere.

A draw suited both teams and both would have been in a uch more precarious position with a loss.

The only way the Matildas do not play the winner of Group E is if China beat the Netherlands by four goals – which would see the Matildas get knocked out. For context, the Netherlands have a 10-3 win and 3-3 draw to their name. China has had a loss and 4-4 draw.

But after a bright first half where both teams threatened – Aussie youngster Mary Fowler headed onto the bar and American Alex Morgan had a goal ruled out by VAR for offside – the team’s played out a famous soccer meme from The Simpsons, passing around their own backlines as neither team pressed forward.

Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson, who was an assistant with the US at the last Olympics, said was he was surprised at the Americans’ approach. They were well beaten by Swedcen in their opening match before thumping New Zealand to fiinish above the Australians in second on goal fifference.

“The one thing that surprised me a little bit was that they were a bit passive in their pressing and I’m used to seeing them very very aggressive,” said the Swede.

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But Australia did little to take the initiative either, leaving many fans frustrated.

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But there were plenty of Australian fans who applauded the pragmatic approach.

Australians weren’t the only ones disappointed in their team, with many US supporters bemused by their side’s approach.

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