The Matildas have suffered a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to England in their FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final at Stadium Australia in Sydney.
The Matildas went behind in the 36th minute, only for a brilliant Sam Kerr strike to level the game up in the 63rd minute.
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However, England scored twice more to seal their passage through to the final against Spain.
7NEWS.com.au rates every Matildas player from the devastating loss to England.
Hayley Raso in tears after the loss. Credit: Getty Images
18. Mackenzie Arnold – 8
The Matildas goalkeeper and quarter-final hero had another strong game in goals and started the game well with a save with her feet in the ninth minute. Could do nothing about any of the England goals as she was let down by the defence in front of her. Produced numerous crucial saves to keep the Matildas in the game.
4. Clare Polkinghorne – 7
In her first start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Matildas veteran centre-back was calm under intense pressure from the English attack. Polkinghorne was a strong presence in the air and provided good cover for Clare Hunt with her experience proving valuable to the Matildas defence. Replaced in the 80th minute by Emily van Egmond.
7. Steph Catley – 6
The Matildas fullback and vice captain had a relatively quiet game by her high standards. Was caught out in defence on occasions and failed to track the run of England striker Alessia Russo who scored the third England goal that sealed the game.
15. Clare Hunt – 6
Played her first game of the tournament next to Polkinghorne and enjoyed a mixed performance. Looked shaky a few times and was turned by Alessia Russo in the build up to the England first goal and allowed the England striker to cut the ball back to Toone who put England in the lead.
21. Ellie Carpenter – 4
The flying Matildas fullback had a tough night in defence as she was caught out by the English attack numerous times. Carpenter could maybe have done better in the lead up to England’s goal as she allowed Russo to cut the ball back to Toone who fired her shot into the back of the net. Didn’t deal with an England long-ball and allowed England winger Lauren Hemp to sneak in behind her and score past Arnold that gave the English a 2-1 lead in the 70th minute.
19. Katrina Gorry – 8
In her 100th appearance for the Matildas, the tough-tackling midfielder got through her work strongly and put in another solid performance. Gorry nearly had an early assist when she sent a long ball over the top of the England defence that Kerr ran onto, only for the striker to be called offside with her shot eventually saved by England goalkeeper Mary Earps. Substituted in the 88th minute.
23. Kyra Cooney-Cross – 7
Cooney-Cross had her usual good game in the midfield for the Matildas. Provided strong cover in defence and got the Matildas going in attack at times with some good balls for the attackers to run on to.
16. Hayley Raso – 6
Raso had a quiet game by her high standards as she was shut down well by the English defence. Her usual link up play with fullback Ellie Carpenter went missing with the pair failing to have an impact on the game. Substituted in the 72nd minute.
Hayley Raso, Ellie Carpenter, Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord after the loss. Credit: Alex Pantling – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
9. Caitlin Foord – 5
Foord was quiet in attack and was well handled by the England defence. Her usual brilliant combination play with fullback Steph Catley failed to fire as the Matildas tried in vain to chase goals to get them back into the match.
11. Mary Fowler – 6
The Matildas young gun had a quiet first half and came to life in the second half as the Matildas chased an equalising goal. Looked dangerous in attack at times with her skill and technique proving a headache for England.
20. Sam Kerr (c) – 9
In her first start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Matildas star striker was into the action straight from kick-off as she was fouled by England midfielder Keira Walsh after just 40 seconds. Had an early one-on-one chance after a brilliant ball over the top from Gorry, however she was ruled offside with her shot eventually saved by England goalkeeper Mary Earps. Scored a stunning goal in the 62nd minute after a brilliant 50-metre run through the English defence with her spectacular long-range shot levelling the game up for the Matildas. Proved a handful for the English defence who produced a number of fouls on Kerr to stop her in her tracks throughout the match.
5. Cortnee Vine – 6
Entered the game in the 72nd minute and looked lively with her pace.
10. Emily van Egmond – 5
Came on to replace Polkinghorne in the 80th minute and had a great chance to level the game, however she failed to put the ball in after a save from Earps after a Kerr shot.
8. Alexandra Chidiac – 5
Replaced a tired Gorry in the 88th minute as the Matildas chased goals to get them back into the game.
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