AS IT HAPPENED: Magnificent Matildas claim TWENTY-ONE-penalty shootout to book semi final berth

By Stuart Thomas / Expert

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QUARTER-FINAL: Matildas vs France

Women's World Cup

Venue:Suncorp Stadium
Matildas France
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The Matildas have the chance to create Australian football history and advance to the final four of the 2023 Women’s World Cup when they face France in Brisbane. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5pm (AEST).

Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson asked the nation to trust the process and allow him the time required to build a squad capable of competing deep into the World Cup. That trust has now been rewarded by an impressive run into the quarter-finals and a match-up with France to decide who advances further.

The tournament began slowly for the Australians and a loss to Nigeria put the team in a precarious position heading into the final group game against Canada. From that moment on, the performances have been stunning. A 4-0 win against the Canadians and a 2-0 shut-out of Denmark in the Round of 16 has the team confident and firing.

France drew its opening match of the tournament against Jamaica, before rattling off wins against Brazil and Panama to qualify for the knockout phase. Morocco’s dream run was ended confidently with a 4-0 win in the Round of 16 and the team looks to have been steadily improving the longer the tournament has run.

Despite losing to the Matildas in a warm-up match prior to the group stage, this does look a more polished and efficient unit that will go up against the Aussies tonight.

The locals will use star striker Sam Kerr at some point, having played a cameo role against the Danes and Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso will almost certainly be the players Gustavsson turns to again in the front half.

France will be looking to Kadidiatou Diani and Eugenie Le Sommer to provide the magic in the attacking box. The pair scored three goals against Morocco.

Prediction

The Matildas are hot right now and the French have leaked goals during the tournament. There is no doubt around the attacking potential of both teams, yet it could well be defensively where this match is decided.

The Matildas have looked more composed and have the confidence of a recent win against tonight’s opposition. The French have the weapons to win, yet in a cagey knock-out encounter, the Australians will triumph with an extra-time goal.

Game information

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 5pm (AEST)
TV: Channel 7
Streaming: 7 Plus, Optus Sport
Betting: Australia $3.50, draw $3.25, France $2.15 – odds via PlayUp

Teams

Matildas

Goalkeepers: Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham), Teagan Micah (Liverpool), Lydia Williams (Brighton and Hove Albion)
Defenders: Ellie Carpenter (Lyon), Steph Catley (Arsenal), Charlotte Grant (Vittsjo GIK), Clare Hunt (Western Sydney Wanderers), Alanna Kennedy (Manchester City), Aivi Luik (BK Hacken), Courtney Nevin (Leicester City), Clare Polkinghorne (Vittsjo GIK)
Midfielders: Alex Chidiac (Racing Louisville), Kyra Cooney-Cross (Hammarby IF), Katrina Gorry (Vittsjo GIK), Emily Van Egmond (San Diego Wave), Clare Wheeler (Everton), Tameka Yallop (SK Brann)
Forwards: Caitlin Foord (Arsenal), Mary Fowler (Manchester City), Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Hayley Raso (Real Madrid), Kyah Simon (unattached), Cortnee Vine (Sydney FC)
Coach: Tony Gustavsson

France

Goalkeepers: Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Juventus/ITA), Constance Picaud (Paris Saint-Germain), Solene Durand (Guingamp)
Defenders: Selma Bacha (Lyon), Estelle Cascarino (Paris SG), Elisa De Almeida (Paris SG), Sakina Karchaoui (Paris SG), Eve Périsset (Chelsea/ENG), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Maëlle Lakrar (Montpellier)
Midfielders: Kenza Dali (Aston Villa/ENG), Laurina Fazer (Paris SG), Grace Geyoro (Paris SG), Amandine Henry (Angel City/USA), Léa Le Garrec (Fleury), Amel Majri (Lyon), Sandie Toletti (Real Madrid/ESP)
Forwards: Vivane Asseyi (West Ham/ENG), Kadidiatou Diani (ex-Paris SG, free agent), Eugénie Le Sommer (Lyon), Clara Mateo (Paris FC), Naomie Feller (Real Madrid), Vicki Becho (Lyon)

Comments:

2023-08-13T05:02:03+00:00

c

Roar Rookie


my comment was regarding my stress level through the penalty shootout girl's are a really good chance at taking this out :football:

2023-08-12T15:26:13+00:00

jamesb

Roar Guru


She did, but i dont think a penalty in a penalty shootout is classified as a goal. And technically, the match was a draw. Penalty shootout is some form of a tie breaker. Or i could be wrong.

2023-08-12T13:19:39+00:00

ScottD

Roar Guru


Magnificent win for the Matilda's . Edge of the seat all night. Well done!

2023-08-12T12:05:05+00:00

338

Roar Rookie


Excellent Matilda's. Jeez it's tough being an Aussie football fan. Made friends with complete strangers at the game tonight. We couldn't sit and watch and stood for the last hour of the game on the concourse behind our seats. Hugged each other and helped each other through a very stressful time in our lives!!

2023-08-12T12:01:26+00:00

Stevo

Roar Rookie


Sadly one of them was not me.

2023-08-12T12:00:55+00:00

338

Roar Rookie


She scored tonight!

2023-08-12T11:48:15+00:00

Rellum

Roar Guru


Yes I am aware, but my point is the generic non sponsors name is Lang Park

2023-08-12T11:46:39+00:00

Redondo

Roar Rookie


Apparently the Matildas added 40,000 instagram followers during that game

2023-08-12T11:42:14+00:00

Redondo

Roar Rookie


Yes - our tony is our tony now

2023-08-12T11:28:28+00:00

Punter

Roar Rookie


OMG!!! That was just WOW!!!!

2023-08-12T11:15:52+00:00

Garry

Roar Rookie


goal Colombia!!

2023-08-12T11:02:45+00:00

jimmy jones

Roar Rookie


i was looing for this feed during the game

2023-08-12T10:50:41+00:00

Stevo

Roar Rookie


The game could easily have been the final such was the guts, determination and skill on display. On another night the French could have jagged it and we would have considered them to be worthy winners. It was so tight that it took pens to find a winner. Luckily is was the Maltildas. This game will go down in folklore. Songs will be written and men in tights playing mandolins will be .... [not sure where I was going with this :laughing: ]

2023-08-12T10:50:14+00:00

Adsa

Roar Rookie


So pleased for Courtney Vine, winners are grinners. (Penalty shoot outs are harsh for the poor bugger that misses)

2023-08-12T10:41:09+00:00

Stevo

Roar Rookie


Will Tony Gustavsson be given a spot in the hall of fame alongside Aussie Guus?

2023-08-12T10:33:22+00:00

Grem

Roar Rookie


I’ll be there on Wednesday - and now

2023-08-12T10:27:47+00:00

NoMates

Roar Rookie


Pffffff the better team lost. Luck and only get you so far.

2023-08-12T10:22:25+00:00

jamesb

Roar Guru


Crazy stat. Matildaa have reached the semis and Kerr hasn’t scored a goal.

2023-08-12T10:22:17+00:00

Stevo

Roar Rookie


Agree. A penalty shootout is about getting a sick feeling, if you win you just recover quicker :stoked:

2023-08-12T10:22:04+00:00

Naughty's Headband

Roar Rookie


Everyone at the MCG was watching it on their phones. No one was watching the footy!

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