Sport Kerr strike sends Matildas into World Cup

23:26  13 april  2018
23:26  13 april  2018 Source:   MSN

Late strike denies Matildas Asian crown

  Late strike denies Matildas Asian crown Australia dominated much of the AFC Asian Women's Cup final but it was Japan who are continental champions thanks to an 11th-hour winner.The Matildas dominated large periods of the game, but were unable to finish several chances headlined by Elise Kellond-Knight who saw her first-half penalty saved.

Njoku's strike at the Matildas star went unpunished during the match. Australia beat Nigeria 2-0, keeping its World Cup campaign alive. Kerr and Nicola Bolger walk up the tunnel after Australia's win. 'If it requires x-rays tonight, we'll have to send her to the hospital. 'Hopefully, it's not (a broken

Sam Kerr struck a brace to lead the damage, while Kyah Simon, Alanna Kennedy, Chloe Logarzo That two results mean the Westfield Matildas now only need a point against Japan on Friday night to seal a spot in the knockout stages and confirm qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup .

Sam Kerr of the Matildas© AAP Image/Darren Pateman Sam Kerr of the Matildas Matildas forward Sam Kerr has lifted her star power yet another level by scoring the goal which booked Australia's spot in next year's Women's World Cup in France.

An underperforming Matildas side looked set to exit the Asian Women's Cup and go into the lottery of a World Cup play-off until Kerr conjured up an equaliser to earn her side a 1-1 draw against Japan in Amman on Friday (Saturday AEST).

Kerr, who scored in a national record seven successive international matches earlier this year, managed to conjure an unlikely goal after latching onto a low cross ahead of the goalkeeper and turning the ball home from an acute angle.

Matildas survive almighty Asian Cup scare

  Matildas survive almighty Asian Cup scare Alen Stajcic's side needed penalties to defeat a gutsy Thailand side in their Asian Cup semi-final and reach the tournament decider.Australia stood on the brink of elimination at the end of 90 minutes, trailing 2-1 after a shambolic display.

From there, Kerr struck the ball low and hard – with substitute goalkeeper Lu Feifei failing to make the save – and saw it roll into the back of the net. Matildas . Watch: Freakish Kerr sets new record in blitz. World Cup .

Matildas star Sam Kerr bagged a double as the Australia came from behind to defeat Brazil 3-2 in front of a record crowd in Newcastle. Fed by Kerr , Gorry miskicked her strike into the path of newly introduced substitute Caitlin Foord Exploited Qatar World Cup workers to receive compensation.

Australia enjoyed more possession than the reigning Asian champions, but lacked a cutting edge in attack.

The Matildas seemed set to pay a heavy price when Japan midfielder Mizuho Sakaguchi side-footed home the opening goal on 63 minutes.

Australia had the better of the first half, creating several half opportunities, the best of which saw Lisa De Vanna fail to convert from close range,

The Matildas, however, managed little creativity in the second period against a well-organised Japan defence.

"Everything is a bit of a blur right now after qualifying," Kerr said.

"We should have taken our chances in the first half, but the main thing was to qualify for the World Cup and we have done that now.

"I'm not thinking about individual things, and I don't think anyone on our team is and it has always been that way."

Fit-again Simon wants to inspire Matildas

  Fit-again Simon wants to inspire Matildas Japan stand in the way of the Matildas and a World Cup berth but Kyah Simon's experience tells her just how difficult Australia's last-up clash will be.Now she's there, the Matildas veteran is like every one of her teammates in camp: hell-bent on making it through to the knockout rounds.

Superstar striker Sam Kerr , who added a double to take her recent Matildas tally to 11 goals in six games, agreed with her coach. "If we had have won seven games in a row we would have won a World Cup . "That's the challenge to keep going next year."

Man United ease into FA Cup quarter-finals. Sam Kerr 's out-of-this- world strike has headlined a record-breaking Matildas rout of China on Wednesday night.

Kerr's goal single-handedly lifted Australia from third to first - ahead of Japan and South Korea - such was the closeness of the standings.

Despite the euphoric finale, coach Alen Stajcic has concerns about his side's lack of penetration following a scoreless draw against South Korea to open the tournament a week ago.

"In the opening 25 minutes we should have had two or three goals, but we were lucky to make the goalkeeper work," Stajcic said.

"We are working hard at training on our execution and finishing in the front third."

Australia will start as red-hot favourites in the semi-final against Thailand on Tuesday with the Matildas seeking to regain the Asian title they won in 2010.

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