In front of 16,829 adoring fans – a record for the women’s game for a home crowd attendance – the Matilda’s downed Brazil 3-2 in a physical and passionate display at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The Newcastle venue was the stage of a showpiece second fixture against the South Americans for the Australian women’s national team, and the players didn’t disappoint, star striker Sam Kerr scoring a brace to secure the lead.

A lack of concentration in the opening minute saw Brazil capitalise down the left-hand
side. Marta found the ball at her feet, before crossing it behind Australia’s defence to
Fabiana to gift the visiting side a 1-0 lead.

Proceeding the goal, both teams settled into their second match of the week. The
Matildas kept Brazil in their half, maintained possession and looked dangerous in the
final third but they still couldn’t find the equaliser.

The risk of playing high fullbacks almost caught the Australian’s for a second time. With
Brazil once more finding space down the left-hand side, with Clare Polkinghorne
defending a two-v- one situation, before a short pass to Marta placed her right in front of
Lydia Williams. Williams managed to get her leg to the close-range shot, before
Polkinghorne cleared the ball.

The equaliser came in the 37th minute after a controversial foul made for a disgruntled
Brazilian side. Emily Van Egmond stepped up to produce a curling free-kick, finding Sam
Kerr’s head just inside the 18-yard box. The ball floated over goalkeeper Daniele’s
outreached hand to make the score 1-1.

In the first half’s injury time Australia almost took the lead, with Hayley Raso cutting the
ball back from the goal line to two attackers. Logarzo shepherded the ball from her
defender, and got a touch to allow Katrina Gorry the shot on goal.

The shot beat the keeper and rattled the woodwork, but unfortunately it couldn’t find the back of the net.

Almost in retaliation to Brazil’s opening goal, the Matilda’s took advantage of the
opening minutes of the second half to take the lead early on. A ball through the defence
by Kerr found a stumbling Gorry one-on- one in front of goal, but an awkward miskick
spun out before finding substitute Caitlin Foord. After a minute on the pitch Foord
easily slotted the ball in to the goal, to make it 2-1.

A cross from Logarzo down the left-hand side of the field to a composed Kerr saw
Australia increase their lead. The winger crossed a low ball behind the defence and
found Kerr’s feet on the six-yard.

The popular striker scored her second goal of the match, with a close ranged side foot to increase the home nations lead to 3-1.

The frustration started to show when a free kick was given and Marta pushed Foord
over the ball. Cards were given before the kick was taken, and the five-time player of the
year was fouled in the box. Young Carpenter contested the ball, but the penalty was
awarded, with Marta stepping up and just slotting the ball past Williams to help Brazil
back into the game 2-3.

With huge crowds attending both Matildas fixtures this past week, and the team in fine form on the international stage, it’s a uniting moment for women’s football.

Australia 3 (Kerr 37’ 65’, Foord 46’)
Brazil 2 (Fabiana 1’, Marta 85’)

Referee: Lara Lee (AUS)
Assistant Referees: Sarah Ho (AUS) and Renae Coghill (AUS)
Fourth Official: Rebecca Davies (AUS)

Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium
Crowd: 16,829

Australia: 1. WILLIAMS Lydia (GK) (C), 4. POLKINGHORNE Clare, 6. LOGARZO Chloe (11.
DE VANNA Lisa 74’), 7. CATELY Steph, 8. KELLOND-KNIGHT Elise, 10 VAN EGMOND
Emily (13. BUTT Tameka 86’), 14. KENNEDY Alanna, 16. RASO Hayley (9. FOORD Caitlin
45’), 19. GORRY Katrina, 20. KERR Sam, 21. CARPENTER Ellie
Substitutes: 2. SIMON Gema, 3. COOPER Caitlin, 5. ALLEWAY Laura, 12. HARRISON Amy,
15. GIELNIK Emily, 17. SIMON Kyah, 18. ARNOLD Mackenzie (GK), 22. YEOMAN-DALE
Georgia, 23. HEYMAN Michelle

Brazil: 2. FABIANA (7. ALVES Andressa 63’), 3. BENITES, 4. RAFAELLE, 6. ROSANA (22.
SOARES Jucinara 90’), 10. MARTA, 11. CRISTIANE (C), 12. NEUHAUS Dani (GK), 14.
THAISA, 15. SANTOS Leticia, 16. ZANERATTO Bia (19. LUDMILA 63’), 17.
ANDRESSINHA
Substitutes: 1. IZIDORO Leticia (GK), 8. DJENIFER, 9. DEBORA, 18. FRAN, 21. MONICA,
23. ZANOTTI Gabi

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