Co-hosts On Monday, Australia defeated Denmark to reach the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals. Caitlin Foord scored from a tight quarterfinals29th minute after receiving a great pass from Mary Fowler. The early goal at Stadium Australia in Sydney invigorated the home crowd and set the tone for Australia’s determined effort.
Australia reach the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals.
Foord’s shot deflected off Denmark defender Rikke Sevecke as the Matildas pursued. Australia’s pace and ball movement kept Denmark on the back foot for most of the half. Australia extended their lead in the second half when Hayley Raso finished off an Emily van Egmond pass in the 70th minute.
Raso scored her third tournament goal. Australia’s head coach Tony Gustavsson brought in captain Sam Kerr, who drew a standing ovation from the excited fans, with the game apparently in their control. Kerr, the Matildas’ leading scorer, made her tournament debut after recovering from a calf injury.
She fired a tremendous stroke over the bar in the match’s last stages. Despite having more possession, Denmark struggled to produce clear chances. Pernille Harder shot straight at Mackenzie Arnold, Australia’s goalkeeper. Australia reaches the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals for the second time with a win. They lost the knockout stage in 2015.
The Matildas seem determined to go further in the tournament this time. Australia’s quarterfinal opponent depends on Tuesday’s France-Morocco encounter. The Matildas eagerly await the results to advance in the coveted event.