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Day 7: A wild ride for Australia results in comeback win over Brazil

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MONTPELLIER, FRANCE - JUNE 13: during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group C match between Australia and Brazil at Stade de la Mosson on June 13, 2019 in Montpellier, France. (Photo by Daniela Porcelli/Getty Images)

Australia 3, Brazil 2

It wasn’t the prettiest match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but it got the job done for Australia. Desperately needing a victory — or even a draw — against Brazil, the Australians started slow and finished strong. Australia saw a lightning second half go in their favor, securing three points with a 3-2 victory over Brazil. After going down 0-2 after 38 minutes, Australia mounted a major comeback.

Australia didn’t have all of their scoring done in the second half, though. In the ending minutes of first-half stoppage time, Caitlin Foord gave a spark of hope for Australia with a goal past Bárbara. Meanwhile, in the second half, the floodgates opened up when Chloe Logarzo found the back of the net in the 58th minute. Disaster struck for Brazil in the 66th minute, when Monica scored an own-goal.

As for the Brazilians, Marta scored her 16th-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup goal, making her the first player to score in five different tournaments. Her goal came off a penalty kick in the 27th minute. The penalty was called when Alanna Kennedy brought down Leticia Santos inside the box. Cristiane also found the back of the net, scoring her fourth goal in this year’s World Cup.

Brazil still sits on top of the group and their final group stage match is against Italy, who face off with Jamaica tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Australians will take on the Reggae Girlz next week.

Goal Summary

  • Brazil (Marta, 27′ PK)
  • Brazil (Cristiane, 38′)
  • Australia (Caitlin Foord, 45’+1′)
  • Australia (Chloe Logarzo, 58′)
  • Australia (Monica, 66′ OG)

Caution Summary

  • Brazil (Formiga, 14′)
  • Brazil (Andressa, 85′)
  • Brazil (Luana, 87′)

— Rachael McKriger

China 1, South Africa 0

Li Ying kept China’s hopes alive in Group B with a 1-0 victory over South Africa. The result effectively kills any hopes South Africa have of getting out of their group in their World Cup debut. It also ensures that Germany and France (in Group A) will advance to the knockout round no matter the results of their final group-stage games.

A toe poke late in the first half was the goal that made the difference. Also, we aren’t going to say we told you so, but:

Li Ying, China: 2019 Women’s World Cup Influencer

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