In FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, Thursday bore witness to one of the most entertaining games in football with Australia making an unbelievable comeback against Brazil in Montpellier.
It was evidently on display why the two teams have been pitched together in four successive World Cups.
The contest once again reminded all the experts and fans alike that at the end of a football match it is the goals that matter. While the Brazil team may have been spot on in the match with their passing and athleticism, it was Australia who met the net thrice: one too many for Brazil.
The Aussies have been known for their fighting spirit and they needed all of that and much more to come out on top in this match.
Brazil scored twice in the first half and with a two goal lead must have been confident when Australia’s Caitlin Foord reduced the lead to 2-1. Marta and Cristiane scored in the 27th and 38th minute of the match, respectively, to hand over Brazil the advantage in the first half.
However, in the second half, a different Australia turned up. An Australian side that had simply refused to accept defeat were helped by the fact that neither Marta nor Formiga had turned up on the field in this half, owing to exhaustion and injury.
An inspiring Australia started attacking with the crosses. As they attacked, Brazilian defensive strategy soon began to crumble under pressure.
It was fitting that the goal came from a cross – a strategy which seemed to have worked perfectly alright in the tournament so far. Chloe Logarzo’s cross in the 58th minute found the net and it was 2-2.
Sensing that Brazil had just begun to weaken up, Australia piled up the pressure with their attack.
Defender Monica however faced the brunt of it as she scored a controversial own goal in which replays showed Sam Kerr had been off side.
However, despite the replays and Video Assistant referee (VAR) being involved, the goal was ruled valid and Australia took the lead.
A remarkable sporting contest saw the Aussies win it in the end.
Australia play Jamaica on 19 June, Wednesday, while Brazil meet Italy on the same day in FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 ahead.