FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Australia Outperformed France 7-6 In Penalty Shoot Out
Co-hosts Australia defeated France in a thrilling penalty shootout at Brisbane Stadium to advance to the Women’s World Cup semifinals for the first time. After 120 minutes without a goal, the Matildas won 7-6 in a shootout that exceeded expectations with its thrilling twists.
After Vicki Becho had hit the post for France, Cortnee Vine converted the game-winning penalty kick for Australia. In the shootout, Australia’s Mackenzie Arnold made a total of four saves, including two against Kenza Dali after the latter moved off the line for the initial stop, forcing a retake.
Arnold herself had the chance to score the winning penalty for Australia as the fifth shooter after Eve Perisset’s save, but she hit the post as the approximately 50,000 Australians present in the stadium experienced every feeling possible. However, the hosts continue, making it to their first-ever Women’s World Cup semifinal.
On August 16 at 11:00 BST, Australia will play either England or Colombia at Sydney’s Stadium Australia. A loud crowd at Brisbane Stadium cheered Australia on, but after losing in the quarterfinals of three previous World Cups, they initially appeared more intimidated by the pressure than inspired by it.
However, they started to get into the game and ought to have been up four minutes before halftime. Pauline Peyraud-Magnin of France, who appeared to be a bundle of nerves the entire game, was unable to control a loose ball in the area, allowing Van Egmond to scurry in and pass to Mary Fowler, who appeared destined to score. Only covering defender Elisa de Almeida, whose last-ditch sliding block was one of the best displays of defense so far at this World Cup, saved Peyraud-Magnin.
Peyraud-Magnin’s jitters continued into the second half when, immediately after the break, she mishandled a clearing direct to Fowler and needed assistance from a defender to prevent the ensuing shot.
Sam Kerr was kept on the bench by Australia manager Tony Gustavsson because he had stated that he would only start her if she was certain to be able to play the entire game.