In the dying minutes of the Matildas’ 3-2 win last night in Newcastle, Brazil’s frustration on the pitch turned vicious in the second leg of the nations’ international friendlies.

Down 3-1, the South American team secured a free-kick before Marta gave Caitlin Foord a two-handed push in the back to retrieve the ball. Tensions reached fever pitch as players rushed in to defend their teammates.

Following the free kick a questionable penalty was awarded to the Brazilian captain after a collision with young defender Ellie Carpenter. The record-breaking crowd voiced their dismay with the decision and booed in unison every time the five-time FIFA Player of the Year touched the ball.

After the final whistle sealed the 3-2 win for the home nation, most of the Brazilian side walked off the pitch and seemingly snubbed Australian players’ outstretched hands.

The green and gold’s 24-year-old striker of the moment, Perth born Samantha Kerr, said the match was heated but noted that the frustration of losing didn’t allow Brazil to not shake hands after the match.

“Not shaking hands, it’s not an Australian thing,” said Kerr.

“It was disappointing to see. We think of them as a very highly respectable team and I don’t think we got the respect we deserved tonight after the last three performances.”

Australians seemed to agree with the shortlisted FIFA World Player of the Year.

Throughout the match, Brazil cried bias against the Australian referee’s calls, but ultimately the third consecutive loss to Australia and a likely decrease in FIFA World Rankings seemed to be the breaking point for the visiting side.

The female canaries, and their management, also refused to participate in a press conference or give interviews to the media post-match, sighting ‘partnership issues’ with the Matildas’ sponsorship logos on the backdrop as the reason.

On a more positive note, Australia will likely now move up to fifth in the FIFA World Rankings, when they are recalculated in a few weeks, and overtake Canada after being undefeated in eight matches.

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