Waltzing Matildas: Australia into historic Olympic semi after crazy comeback against Great Britain
The Matildas are through to the semi finals of the Olympic Games for the first time in one of the most extraordinary nights in their history.
The 4-3 extra time win over old foe Great Britain was drama-filled from the first minute to the end, with Allana Kennedy’s first half opener setting the tone for the evening.
After Great Britain hit back with two goals of their own in the second, Australia looked to be heading to another agonising defeat in the quarter finals stages of an Olympics. But as has often been the case, up stepped captain Sam Kerr to score an 89th minute equaliser.
What transpired in extra time was nothing short of exhilarating. A dubious penalty call wouldn’t even stop Australia on a famous Friday night, with Tegan Micah stepping up when it mattered most to make the save and keep the Aussies in it.
Seconds later, teenage sensation Mary Fowler put Australia ahead courtesy of a fortuitous deflection before Kerr made it four to send the Matildas on their way.
Not even Ellen White completing her hat-trick late in the second half of extra time would deny the Aussies, who are now guaranteed a chance to play off for a historic first Olympic medal.
Next up is Sweden, who beat Australia 4-2 last Saturday.