Barbara Bonansea headed in a corner kick five minutes into second-half injury time– her 2nd objective of the video game– to provide Italy a 2-1 victory over Australia in Valenciennes on Sunday.
It was a triumphant go back to the World Cup for Italy, a power in men’s soccer that was making its very first appearance in the Women’s World Cup given that 1999.
Bonansea, a 27- year-old who powers the attack of her Italian club Juventus, also scored her national group’s very first goal, removing the Australian protector Clare Polkinghorne and slotting home a shot in the 56 th minute. She scored the winner by outjumping Australia’s star forward, Sam Kerr, for a cross at the back post off a last-gasp corner kick.
Bonansea also had actually a goal disallowed in the very first half after a video evaluation confirmed she had actually started her run near midfield from an offside position.
Kerr, the 25- year-old striker who leads the Australian attack, provided her nation an early lead when she won a penalty kick after she was pulled down by Italy center back Sara Gama. Kerr’s preliminary shot from the spot was conserved, however the rebound came directly back to her and she slammed it in. It was her very first World Cup goal in 3 appearances in the tournament.
[Interactive: Australia’s Sam Kerr can’t stop scoring.]
The outcome rushed the race to win Group C prior to all the teams have played. Brazil and Jamaica met later on Sunday, and Australia still needs to play both in the preliminary. Its next test– against Brazil on Thursday in Montpellier– might be a lot more hard.
Italy is joyous at the whistle; Australia is crestfallen.
The Matildas can’t seem to believe what has taken place to them, however that was not a good performance: sloppy, unsteady, and they let Sam Kerr, their best scorer, drift out of the game in the 2nd half. And then they got punished.
GOOOOOOOOOOAL!!! ITALY HAS WON IT!!
Italy does it! Giacinti, the forward thrown on for a defender, wins a last-gasp corner, and they loft a ball towards Bonansea at the back post– and she ratings!
Bonansea rose above Kerr to win that ball– driving it down into the ground and into the internet. What a sensational surface to this one.
Gama stops Kerr, but Australia is actually pressing Italy now.
Kerr is doing everything she can to discover a winner now: crosses, a shot there blocked by Gama at the last moment. She even tumbled when to attempt to win a charge. If there is a goal coming, it actually feels as if it will be an Australian one. However no guarantees Italy will buckle, and the Matildas’ pressure leaves them vulnerable to a counter if the Italians have one in them.
Gooo– Nope. Italy has a 2nd goal eliminated.
Sabatino, the replacement forward who began earlier, simply collected a rebound off the post and banged the ball under Williams for what seemed the consent goal.
However the lineswoman’s flag increases practically instantly, and V.A.R. verifies quickly. That’s the 2nd Italy goal erased by an offside flag today.
Italy subbing with intent now: a forward for a protector.
Valentina Giacinti, a forward, has actually replaced Berndeschi, Italy’s right back. That’s a genuine declaration by Coach Milena Bertolini: She isn’t content with a draw, which would be an excellent result for the Italians. She’s going to promote a win.
However that mind-set, which is welcome from an Italian coach, brings its own risks. Kerr has actually been quiet lately. However she will not be forever, right?
Another long V.A.R. delay for a possible Australia handball.
The current interruption– to examine if a ball that hit the substitute Lisa De Vanna in Australia’s penalty was “a clear and obvious error.” The V.A.R. official and the referee have concluded it was not deliberate, and play continues. However that is the 2nd or third long V.A.R. delay today. Every call has been proved right, however it’s likewise a sign that the referees, numerous of whom have actually not used the system in huge matches, are still working out the kinks.
Delays are the greatest gripe about V.A.R.– that it ruins the circulation of games. But gamers and coaches alike promoted its use at the Women’s World Cup, and appear positive that appropriate calls are worth any growing discomforts.
De Vanna comes on for Australia.
Moments after the objective, Lisa De Vanna– Australia’s career scoring leader– comes on for Logarzo on the left side of midfield. She is a good luxury for Milicic off the bench, but with the lead gone, he needs her trigger– she has actually scored in the last three World Cups– and Australia requires to get back to pounding service into Kerr in the middle.
GOAL BONANSEA! And we’re connected!
Barbara Bonansea has tied things up with a bit of opportunism. Picking up a little bit of a casual vibe in Australia’s back line, she strikes off a too-long touch by center back Clare Polkinghorne, removes the ball from her in some dead area on the best side and charges in totally free on Williams. Cutting left, she loses her footing on her shot however still slides it into the best corner for the connecting goal.
We spoke about how the center was looking soft; Bonansea just landed a gut punch.
Italy makes a halftime change to attempt to stimulate its midfield.
Elisa Bartoli, the Roma captain, comes on for Aurora Galli. Italy really requires to start getting Bonansea some much better service, or a minimum of some more constant time on the ball. The finest things it has actually done so far have included her.
Australia 1, Italy 0 at the break.
Australia leads on Kerr’s charge, which was fairly won and coolly transformed after a preliminary save for the first World Cup goal of her profession. However the video game was close– Italy had actually a goal disallowed (properly) for offside, and it has actually sent some penetrating balls into the center of the Australian defense. Australia will feel good about that half, though, knowing it most likely must have had more than one, and it will keep its foot on the gas in pursuit of another goal.
Concerns in central defense for both groups.
Seconds after Australia’s Chloe Logarzo had an open header at the charge spot conserved by Giuliani, it’s worth noting that both groups are having some problems in the center. Italy keeps trying to play direct balls up the middle for Girelli and Bonansea, and it has worked a few times.
Italy, meanwhile, keeps losing marks in the location. Not an excellent thing to do when Sam Kerr is lurking in there and Ellie Carpenter is rampaging up the wing or slashing into the middle.
GOOOOAL!! Sam Kerrrr!
Australia leads, 1-0, as Kerr actions to the stop, fires left– sees her shot SAVED by Giuliani!– and then catches the rebound to complete.
That, think it or not, is Kerr’s very first goal in three trips to the World Cup. But she has a fan in the previous Australia star Tim Cahill. Video game acknowledge video game
PENALTY! Gama pulls down Kerr.
They were battling in the location and Kerr goes down. Clear penalty. Gama had her with both hands as the ball showed up.
A frantic start has slowed down a bit.
Or maybe it hasn’t. The very first five minutes of this video game played as if the game was on fast forward. Kerr had two chances, Italy punched back. But Bonansea’s goal and the delay seemed to have actually cooled things a little. But only a little.
Italy takes the lead! Oh wait: OFFSIDE!
But no– Barbara Bonansea, who made a stumbling and bumbling breakaway run from midfield, beats Williams however is ruled offside (correctly). She was a step behind the defense at midfield at the start of her run.
The first opportunities are Australia’s, and one is nearly an unintentional goal.
A cross is available in from the left and is punched by the Italian keeper– directly into Kerr, and the ricochet nearly caroms into the internet.
Australia is back a minute later on, once again feeding Kerr in the center. This time, she heads close, however over the crossbar. Not really a secret what they prepare to do today, however Italy much better keep closer track of her.
The beginning lineups for Australia and Italy are out.
Australia: Williams; Carpenter, Polkinghorne, Kennedy, Catley; Foord, Logarzo, Van Egmond, Yallop, Raso; Kerr (c)
Italy: Giuliani; Guagni, Linari, Gama (c), Bergamaschi; Giugiano; Galli, Gernoia; Bonansea; Mauro, Girelli
The odd hole in Sam Kerr’s résumé.
Sam Kerr might be the very best pure goal-scorer in women’s soccer at the minute, but there still is one place she has actually never ever scored: the World Cup.
This summer season’s journey to France will be Kerr’s 3rd World Cup, but almost astonishingly for a player of her skills and scoring record– 31 objectives in 77 video games since making her nationwide team debut as a 15- year-old in 2009– she has yet to find the net in one.
” Whenever I step on the field I desire to score for my country, but to do it in a World Cup would be a dream come true,” Kerr stated. “I haven’t done that. However I seem like I’m a different gamer this World Cup, I seem like I’m a different individual. I seem like I’m much better prepared, I understand more about the video game, I understand more about my own video game. And I feel like I’m simply smarter.
” Look, if I do not score and we win the World Cup I’m going to more than happy. It’s not about me, this World Cup, it’s about the group.”
For more on Kerr’s exceptional scoring capabilities, make sure you see this interactive our graphics group put together.
Australia, Italy and the “fear” element that isn’t there.
Italy remains in the World Cup for the third time, but for the very first since1999 It is the longest gap between appearances of any team in the tournament’s history.
The team’s rise might have taken a while, but there was no rejecting it: The Italians allowed only 4 goals in European qualifying, and a spine that is developed around Sara Gama, the captain of Italy and Juventus, and numerous of her club colleagues provides both grit and continuity.
Australia Coach Ante Milicic loaded appreciation on the Italians this week in what appeared to be less gamesmanship and incorrect flattery than a genuine respect for the group Italy has become.
” They are one of the most improved groups in women’s football,” he said. “Individually they’re extremely strong, tactically very versatile, very strong on set pieces.”
That praise was news to Gama on Saturday when she was informed– improperly– by Italian reporters that Milicic had actually stated Australia “feared” the Azzurre.
” Really? Wow,” Gama stated. “It implies that we have actually worked long and hard. It’s great to hear that the other nationwide teams begin to fear us; that’s considerable to us. We were already aware of how we were growing and getting stronger, and now we have been able to reveal it.”
Her coach, Milena Bertolini, took the acclaims less seriously.
” Australia need to fear us,” she joked. “And that’s good.”
Australia reached the World Cup tracked by innuendo.
Alen Stajcic was the coach who led Australia through qualifying and into the World Cup, but he won’t remain in the group’s dugout on Sunday. The reasons continue to perplex those who follow the team.
The Australian Football Federation fired Stajcic in January after it stated two personal team studies had discovered what was referred to as “ a culture of fear” in the group. The choice interrupted World Cup preparations, and even shocked a few of Australia’s finest players.
Ante Milicic, a previous assistant with the country’s men’s nationwide group, stepped into the head task after Stajcic’s departure, but there has actually been continued criticism in Australia of the coaching change and the lack of clarity for what lagged it.
In that space, and amidst a climate of accusations that guys in soccer had abused their power over women, speculation and innuendo grew to such a point that, on May 31, Australia’s soccer federation and one of its directors issued different apologies to Stajcic validating he had actually not been fired for misconduct.
” F.F.A. by this declaration wishes to make clear that Alen Stajcic’s agreement was not terminated on the basis that he had breached his agreement or had taken part in any misconduct,” the F.F.A. said. “Any inference that has been drawn about these being factors for Alen’s agreement termination is incorrect.”
It added: “F.F.A. acknowledges that some of the speculation about the termination of Alen’s agreement was caused by declarations made by among its directors, Heather Reid.”
Reid, who had actually stated at the time of the training modification that if the reality were to come out, Stajcic would “never work once again in women’s football,” said she said sorry “unreservedly” to the coach and his household.
” I understand that my conduct in revealing and personal statements may have triggered serious damage to Mr. Stajcic’s credibility, both in Australia and worldwide,” Reid said.
About half of the concerns in Australia’s prematch press conference on Saturday in Valenciennes raised the subject in one method or another. One referred to a long paper short article released recently that detailed infighting and sexual politics inside the F.F.A. that it said led to Stajcic’s ouster.
Kerr and Milicic, however, decreased to engage on the topic.
” It’s all outside sound for us to be sincere,” Kerr said.
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