Women’s World Cup: Co-hosts Australia Wins Denmark; To Play Again Saturday

Co-hosts Australia reached the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals with a clinical win over Denmark in the last 16 at a packed Stadium Australia.

Caitlin Foord put the Matildas ahead in the 29th minute, finishing from a tight angle following a great pass from Mary Fowler.

Hayley Raso added a second in the 70th minute with a driven finish after good work from Emily van Egmond.

Australia will face either France or Morocco in the last eight on Saturday.

Australia will discover their last eight opponents when France take on Morocco on Tuesday (12:00 BST).

Australia had only ever reached the last eight at the World Cup once before, in 2015, losing their four other knockout matches across the years.

They started slowly against Denmark but Stadium Australia in Sydney erupted after Fowler’s great turn and pass set up Foord’s opener on the break.

Encouraged by their goal the Matildas dominated the rest of the half with another Foord effort deflecting off Denmark defender Rikke Sevecke and dropping narrowly wide.

As the Danes pushed after the restart Foord broke down the left and played the ball to Van Egmond, who teed up Real Madrid’s Raso to calmly slot home her third goal of the tournament.

With the game seemingly wrapped up Australia head coach Tony Gustavsson brought on captain Sam Kerr who was given a standing ovation when she replaced Raso with just over 10 minutes remaining.

The Matildas’ record scorer played her first minutes of the tournament having picked up a calf injury in training on the eve of the competition.

And she shone in the closing moments, driving down the right and thundering a shot over the bar.

BBC News

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