Hosts Australia defeat France on penalties to reach quarterfinals

Australia, co-host of the 2023 International Football Federation (FIFA) Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand, defeated France after a penalty shootout and advanced to the semifinals.

In the quarterfinals of the tournament held at Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane, Australia on the 12th, Australia, ranked 10th in the 안전놀이터 FIFA rankings, was tied 0-0 for 120 minutes until overtime against France, ranked 5th in the FIFA rankings, and won 7-6 in a penalty shootout to advance to the semifinals. .

Australia, which reached the quarterfinals three times in 2007, 2011 and 2015, had the best result, but made history by reaching the semifinals for the first time in history.

France, which finished fourth in the 2011 tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2015 and 2019 tournaments, was eliminated in the quarterfinals in three consecutive tournaments.

Australia will face the winner of the ensuing England-Colombia match in the semifinals.

France pushed hard from the start against Australia, backed by the one-sided support of the home crowd.

Until the 20th minute of the first half, France fired three shots, but Australia failed to get a single shot opportunity.

Eugenie Lesomer, who has played in her 21st World Cup as a French star, drove the ball alone from midfield in the 28th minute of the first half, and swallowed regret as her strong kick near the penalty line was blocked by the goalkeeper.

In the 41st minute of the first half, Emily Van Egmund, who was carrying the ball, overlapped the goalkeeper near the right goal line and stabbed an exquisite cutback pass toward the goal. Elisa de Almeida managed to block it with her thigh and lost the goal.

France and Australia had several crucial scoring opportunities, but the goalkeepers of both teams made brilliant saves and the first half was fruitless.

Australia’s best star Sam Kerr, who had stepped on the ground for the first time due to a calf injury in the match against Denmark in the round of 16, entered the ground wearing the captain’s armband in the 10th minute of the second half.

Neither team scored in the second half and the game went into overtime.

In the 5th minute of the first half of extra time, Australia seemed to have scored an own goal in the situation of France’s right corner kick, but the foul was already declared and nullified in the match before the goal, and Australia wiped out their surprised hearts.

The match between the two teams was scoreless for 120 minutes until extra time, leading to a penalty shootout.

France missed the fifth kicker, Selma Bacha and Eve Perisse, and Australia, Stephanie Catley and Mackenzie Arnold, side by side.

The two teams, who successfully succeeded up to the eighth kicker, also missed the ninth kicker, making the score 6-6.

France’s Vicky Becho, who started as the 10th kicker, missed the ball, while Australia’s Courtney Vine succeeded and led Australia to the semifinals.

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