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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Australia Qualifies to Quarter Final with 2-0 Win Over Denmark

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Australia Qualifies to Quarter Final with 2-0 Win Over Denmark

Australia defeated Denmark 2-0 in the round of 16 of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Monday at Sydney’s Stadium Australia. After missing the entire group stage due to injury, Sam Kerr made her competitive debut late in the game. The star striker returned quickly to the action, much to the pleasure of the home crowd, but earlier goals from Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso were sufficient to advance Australia to the quarterfinals.

After a superb ball from Mary Fowler, Caitlin Foord gave the Matildas the lead in the 29th minute by finishing from a small angle. After excellent work from Emily van Egmond, Hayley Raso added a second in the 70th minute with a powerful finish. On Saturday, Australia will compete against either France or Morocco in the semifinals.

Australia had never advanced past the round of eight at a World Cup before, losing all four of their previous knockout games. Despite a sluggish start against Denmark, the crowd at Stadium Australia in Sydney went wild after Fowler’s brilliant move and ball set up Foord’s opening breakaway goal. Invigorated by their goal, the Matildas controlled the remainder of the half. A second Foord attempt was deflected just wide by Denmark defender Rikke Sevecke. Following the restart, the Danes surged forward as Foord broke down the left and sent the ball to Van Egmond, who set up Raso of Real Madrid to comfortably score her third goal of the competition.

With less than 10 minutes left in the match, Australia head coach Tony Gustavsson introduced captain Sam Kerr, who received a standing ovation as she replaced Raso. Denmark made its first appearance in the round of 16 in 28 years while competing at their first World Cup since 2007.

They dominated the opening exchanges, and in the 16th minute, former Chelsea midfielder Pernille Harder shot well-placed straight at Australia goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold. The two-time quarterfinalists had an advantage in possession over their opponents, but after falling behind, they had relatively few clear chances. In the dying seconds, Harder volleyed wide, but by that point, Denmark’s chances of reaching the quarterfinals had vanished.

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