Impressive USWNT held by Australia


NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — A late aim by Kyah Simon earned Australia a lucky 1-1 draw in opposition to the world champion USWNT and denied the American girls a second win within the two-game sequence on Tuesday.


The USWNT scored early once more via Ashley Hatch and created the very best attacking possibilities however paid the value for not changing. Simon’s strike within the 88th minute gave the Matildas a morale-boosting draw in opposition to the world’s top-ranked group.

The Americans’ star midfield of captain Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle didn’t have the affect they loved within the first sport received 3-0, and coach Vlatko Andonovski defended them.

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“It’s not an easy task to come here against a super good team in a hostile environment,” Andonovski mentioned. “We had the chance to create alternatives a little bit bit quicker however they selected to interrupt them down a little bit bit extra.

“But it was a good opportunity to try new things and I was happy they were brave to try something like that and happy with the outcome that we had.”

After scoring after simply 24 seconds on Saturday in Sydney, of their first look in Australia since 2000, the Americans took simply over three minutes to take the lead in Newcastle. Hatch once more took benefit of some poor Maltidas defending to bag her second profession aim in as many matches.

Australia’s Tameka Yallop turned over possession cheaply which led to Lynn Williams threading a cross to Margaret Purce, who calmly performed the ball into the trail of Hatch to complete coolly previous Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams.


Australia nearly leveled within the twentieth when Kyra Cooney-Cross’ volley from the sting of the field hit the publish.

Lynn Williams began the second half as she did the primary, tormenting the Matildas protection, and solely a fantastic diving save by Lydia Williams denied the American a aim nearly an hour in.

“The last game, their goalkeeper kept them in the game. In this game, our goalkeeper kept us in the game,” Australia coach Tony Gustavsson mentioned.

Sam Kerr, third in Ballon d’Or voting on Monday for the world’s finest feminine participant, was stored largely in verify by the American protection which swarmed her practically each time she discovered possession. But the Chelsea star arrange Simon within the 88th.

Simon’s strike deflected off substitute Becky Sauerbrunn and wrong-footed goalkeeper Casey Murphy to the delight of the close to capability crowd of 20,495.

Kerr, with 49 targets for the Matildas, nonetheless wants two extra to overhaul Tim Cahill and turn into Australia’s high goalscorer in males’s or girls’s internationals.

The U.S. has received the Women’s World Cup 4 instances, together with the final time in France in 2019. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the subsequent World Cup in 2023, with the event’s first match scheduled in just below 600 days from Tuesday.


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