Australia beats France in penalty shootout to reach quarterfinals…will face England
023 Co-hosts of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand have advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating France on penalties.
The Socceroos (10th in the FIFA rankings) played France (5th) to a 0-0 draw after 120 minutes of stoppage time and a hard-fought 7-6 victory on penalties in the quarterfinals of the tournament at Brisbane Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, on Wednesday (June 12).
Australia, who had reached the quarterfinals three times in the 2007, 2011 and 2015 tournaments, made history by reaching the semifinals for the first time at a Women’s World Cup.
France, whose previous best finish was fourth in 2011, missed the quarterfinals for the third straight tournament.
Australia will meet England, who beat Colombia, in the quarterfinals.
The Socceroos came out firing on all cylinders with the support of their home fans, but the French were no match for them. France took the initiative and attacked, but couldn’t find an easy goal.
Australia had a golden opportunity in the 41st minute when Mary Fowler had a great chance, but French defender Elisa de Almeida threw herself to make the save.
Both teams were unable to break the deadlock through 90 minutes.
Australia scored an own goal in the fifth minute of the first overtime period, but a foul was called in a scramble in the box earlier. After a scoreless extra time, the teams headed to penalty kicks.
The penalty shootout was no different. Both teams were evenly matched, with two of the five kickers each missing.
After both teams converted their eighth kicks, they both missed their ninth kicks to make it 6-6.
The tie came down to the 10th kick, with France missing Vicky Bechot and Australia dramatically advancing to the quarterfinals when Courtney Vine’s shot rattled the net.
England (No. 4) came from behind to win 2-1 in the quarterfinals against Colombia (No. 25).
It was England’s third consecutive World Cup 먹튀검증 quarterfinal appearance.
England went behind in the 44th minute to Colombia’s Lacey Santos. But Lauren Hemp equalized in first-half stoppage time to make it 1-1 at the break.
England came out all guns blazing in the second half, and Alessia Russo’s goal in the 18th minute secured the one-goal victory.
England will be looking to reach their first final in the tournament.