Women's World Cup, as it happened: Norway overcomes Australia in penalties to reach last-eight

Norway got the better of Australia in a penalty shootout as skipper Sam Kerr missed for the Matildas. Herlovsen had put the Grasshoppers ahead in the first-half and Kellond-Knight found the equalizer for her side late in the second half to take the game into extra-time and then penalties.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.

This is Dominic Richard and I will be giving you all updates from the match.

The action kicks off today at Allianz Riviera in Nice, where Norway takes on Australia in the second round of 16 match of the World Cup .

Norway qualified to the knockouts on account of finishing second in Group A and Australia did the same in Group C.

Norway won two of its three games in the group stages, losing only to host France and maintaining a +3 goal difference. On the other hand, Australia had six points, defeating Marta's Brazil 3-2 in one of the games.

The winner of this match will face the winner of England vs Cameroon in the quarterfinal. So let's get going!



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Now, the next match of the 2019 Women's World Cup is England vs Cameroon at 9 PM IST today. Norway will play the winner of that game at Valenciennes. We will be back with the action from that Round of 16 match.  Until then, stay tuned to our live coverage of the Women's World Cup 2019. Thanks for tuning in and see you soon! - Dominic Richard.


Norway books its place in the World Cup quarterfinals after beating Australia on penalties. It finished 1-1 after normal time, with Herlovsen scoring in the first half for Norway, before Kellond-Knight scored a late equaliser to level the scoreline and send it into extra-time, which was very eventful. Both teams tested the keepers, they had to make numerous saves to deny their opponents, but Norway went the closest, with Risa striking the bar. Australia went down to 10 players in the first period of extra-time, with Kennedy shown a straight red card after being the last defender as Utland raced through on goal and she dragged the Norway striker to the ground. Australia then began to sit deep and defend following the sending off, trying to see the game out to penalties. However, it then missed two of its penalties, whilst Norway converted all of its spot-kicks to clinch its place in the next round, with a 4-1 shoot-out victory.


GOAL! Engen makes it 4-1 and Norway go though to the quarter-finals!


GOAL! Catley converts for Australia. It's 3-1.

GOAL! Another good Norway penalty, the captain Mjelde steps up and slots the ball into the bottom corner.


SAVED! Great stop by Hjelmseth, she dives the right way and denies Gielnik. There wasn't enough power on it to beat the Norway keeper.

GOAL! Another good penalty, Reiten sending Williams the wrong way to make it 2-0 to Norway.


MISSED! Kerr skies the ball high over the crossbar! The striker tries to place it into the top corner, but she gets it all wrong. Advantage to Norway.

GOAL! Hansen steps up to take the first penalty for Norway, she sends the keeper the wrong way.


REMEMBER: Since Australia is down to 10, Norway will also have only 10 penalty takers and then it will go on a loop again if its equal.

It's going to take a penalty shoot-out to separate these two teams tonight. There was plenty of chances during extra-time, with Norway striking the crossbar and it pushed forward more in search of a winning goal as Australia went down to 10 players.


120+2' Carpenter has been one of the better Australian players this game and she is coming off. Harrison comes in for her. Australia's final substitution.

120' Graham Hansen with one more chance as she fires a shot straight at the goalkeeper. Two minutes added time.

119' CHANCE! What a chance for Utland as her shot from close goes off a defender for a corner. The resulting corner was a bad one.

118' Australia hasn't had a shot on target so far in extra-time.

117' Australia's penultimate substitution now as Van Egmond comes off and she is replaced by Roestbakken.

116' Hansen's 10 shots is the most by a Norwegian in a single Women's World Cup match since 2011.

114' Utland provides a beautiful ball to Hansen but the goalkeeper Lydia makes a terrific save and its a corner for Norway.

112' Norway dominating possession now. Long ball to S Hansen and she just misreads it. Throw-in for Australia.

110' Hansen with a curving shot going away from the goal. She claims that it got a defender on its way but goal kick given.

108' Foul throw from Norway but ball immediately handed back by Australia through a foul on Reiten. No margin for errors!

106' The second half of extra-time is underway!

It's been a lively opening half of football in extra-time, with Norway striking the crossbar and Australia went down to 10 players, after Kennedy was shown a straight red card after she was the last defender as Utland raced through on goal.


105'+3' Utland is lucky to still be on the pitch after she shoves Yallop off the ball and she is already on a yellow card. However, the referee just gives her a final warning. Australian fans are booing the decision.

105+2' Risa is booked after her cynical challenge on Yallop as she tried to break forward.

105' We've had a number of VAR referrals today. Third time Australia has had a player sent off at the World Cup. Carpenter now partners Catley at the centre.

104' RED CARD! Kennedy is shown a straight red card after tugging on the shirt of Utland as she raced through on goal and Kennedy was the last defender. VAR has taken a look at it but the decision stands.

102' Norway makes its final substitution with Moe Wold replaced by Synne Hansen.

101' The game is very stretched at the moment, it's end-to-end with both teams pushing forward in search of a goal which is handing the ball straight back to their opponents.

99' ANOTHER SAVE! Williams is once again called into action, this time to deny Hansen after a quick breakaway by Norway. The striker fires a shot at goal from the edge of the box, but the Australia keeper manages to tip it over the crossbar.


96' Utland is booked after her late challenge on Williams as a corner is whipped into the box. The Norway striker was nowhere near the ball and whipped the keeper out.

95' SAVE! Williams with a great save to tip Risa's shot over the crossbar after she was given far too time and space on the edge of the box to line up a shot.

94' Australia makes its second substitution of the game, with Kellond-Knight coming off and she has been replaced by Polkinghorne.

92' Kerr gets in-behind early on here, she just can't hold off Thorisdottir, who puts her under good pressure and Kerr is unable to get the shot away, with Hjelmseth then gathering it.



Norway beat Italy in extra-time at the 1991 World Cup quarterfinal.

Australia has never played extra-time at the World Cup.

30 shots on target this match. Australia has 17, out of which three were on target and Norway has 13 with four on target.



90'+2' OFF THE POST! Hansen with a superb strike, trying to curl the ball into the top corner, but it strikes the post and then bounces along the goalline, but it doesn't go over the line and Australia breathes a sigh of relief.

90+1' Corner for Norway. Hansen takes it and its a poor one. But the ball is still with Norway.

89' Four minutes added on as Australia has most of the ball now.

87' Just a couple of minutes left of normal time to play, Australia has a corner, can it take the game late on?

85' The stadium is alive now and Norway begins to press more but Australia is more enthusiastic than ever.

83' GOAL AND AUSTRALIA IS BACK!!!!!! Sloppy stuff from Norway as it concedes from a below-par corner. I was wrong because Australia is well and truly back in the game. Kellond-Knight whips a corner into the box, it's low near the front post and a couple of players take a swing at the ball, trying to divert it goalwards. However, everyone misses the ball and it flies straight into the bottom corner of the net. Poor defending by Norway.

81' We're into the final 10 minutes of the game now and it remains Norway who is in the lead and look to be on its way to the quarterfinals.

80' Kerr, Foord and Gielnik are trying all that they can up-front but whatever they do Norway has an answer for it. Everybody back for Norway.

78' Norway is just slowing the game with back and side passes. Australia looks frustrated. Norway is putting bodies behind the ball.

76' Today's goalscorer Herlovsen is replaced by the goal-scorer from Norway's opening game against Nigeria Lisa-Marie Utland. Herlovsen had one shot all game and that was the most important one.

74' Australia with its first change now, as the workaholic Raso is replaced by Gielnik up-front.


Australia has made a quarterfinal-exit at each of the last three Women's World Cups.


72' SUBSTITUTION! Fresh legs in midfield for Norway as Saevik makes way for Leonhardsen-Maanum to complete the first substitution of the game.

70' Norway is 20 minutes away from the quarterfinal and Australia has the same time to score and improve its chances of advancing.

69' Kerr and Foord are starting to rotate now, switching from the middle to the wing in order to try and do something different.

67' Australia is leaving itself vulnerable at the back by pushing so many players forward in search of an equalising goal, with Norway trying to break on the counter.

65' Still no changes for either side here, with Australia on top and Norway is having to sit back and defend, with Hansen its only outlet at the moment.


64' Corner for Australia and a brave clearance from Reiten as she wins a foul in the process.

62' The offside call has slowed down Australia as Norway takes more of the possession now.

60' OFFSIDE AND GOAL IS RULED OUT! Kerr has the ball in the back of the net, but it's ruled out for offside. Foord plays a lovely ball in-behind the Norway defence, with Kerr running along the line, she then just has the keeper to beat, which she does. However, the flag then goes up for offside and after a VAR check, it shows that the decision is correct.

58' Australia is on top at the moment, it is pressing forward, keeping the ball well and Kerr is getting more and more involved in the game.

56' Hansen keeps troubling Australia as England or Cameroon awaits for one of these teams in the quarterfinal. Good save from Australian keeper Lydia.

55' Poor free-kick from Australia. There have been 110 goals this World Cup and only one from the free-kick spot.

53' Free-kick to Australia in a really good position, a strong shooting opportunity, after Minde drags Raso to the ground around 20 yards out. Minde is the first player booked in the match for her challenge on Raso.

52' Almost there! Foord is unmarked at the far post as Logarzo whips a cross into the penalty area, but Foord just can't turn it goalwards as she stretches for the ball and it flies wide of the post.


There has been 26 goals in seven games between Norway and Australia.


51' Herloven and Hansen are creating troubles for the Australian defence but Carpenter comes to the rescue with a clearance. Australia's shot percent is a paltry 14%.

49' Lovely one-two between Kerr and Raso but Raso lost her footing at the wrong time. Australia keeps pressing.

47' Australia with the early possession in the second half, but Norway is doing really well to press it high and force it to go all the way back to the goalkeeper, or force a mistake in a dangerous area.


Australia hasn't looked comfortable at the back and it has been caught out a few times, with Norway getting stronger as the half went on and it has frustrated its opponents, with Kerr unable to get on the ball in attack.

Norway leads 1-0 at the break thanks to Herlovsen's 31st minute strike. Australia dominated the early stages of the game, with Kerr going close within the first minute and then Raso shortly after. Hansen has been lively for Norway, she has been involved in almost everything position for Norway. Herlovsen opened the scoring after some poor defending by the Australia centre-backs and the striker gets in-behind and then fires the ball past Williams. Australia was awarded a penalty late on in the half for handball, but the decision was then reversed after the referee reviewed the video footage.


45+4' Ball driven above the post from a tough angle by Carpenter. Sam Kerr apart from the two close chances has been pocketed by the Norway defenders.

45+2' Australia and Norway trade poor passes and throw-ins. Clumsy stuff from both teams but why would Norway care until and unless it is in the lead. Australia needs to find a way out.

45' NO PENALTY! VAR COMES TO THE FORE ONCE AGAIN! Four minutes added time. Can Australia pull one back?

42' PENALTY FOR AUSTRALIA! Or is it? Decision goes to the controversial VAR. Referee R Hussein goes to the VAR screen to take a closer look at whether Thorisdottir handled the ball or not.

40' Australia is conceding corner after corner. Good pressure from Norway. Australia will be hoping that it doesn't concede once more before half-time.

38' CHANCE! Hansen does brilliantly from the halfway line to get all the way into the penalty area, it takes three players to stop her. The striker tries to curl it into the bottom corner, but it takes a deflection and goes just wide of the post.

37' Norway wins a corner, which they whip deep into the box towards Mjelde, who powers a header towards goal, but it's blocked and Australia clear the danger.


35' Isabell Herlovsen’s strike means Australia has become the fourth different nation to concede at least 50 goals at the Women’s World Cup, alongside Canada (51), Japan (57) and Nigeria (63).

33' It's now Norway who is on top and Australia looks vulnerable at the back, it hasn't been able to get back into its normal rhythm.

31' NORWAY SCORES!! It scores against the run of play. Lovely ball from the wing by Saevik and Herlovsen does no mistake as she slots the ball past the goalkeeper Williams. The Australian centre-backs were caught napping.

31' Kerr trying to get past the last woman Mjelde but the captain once again has the last laugh.

30'  Ingrid Hjelmseth is catching everything thats thrown at her. REMINDER - She's 39! The quality of crossing hasn't been up to the mark from Australia.

28' Australia is concentrating on its passing game and Norway is looking for every single opportunity on the counter.

25' Beautiful play from Hansen. Her foot does all the talking but unfortunately the finish was bad. She shoots wide off the goalpost.


23' Brilliant sliding tackle from Kennedy. That was a chance for Norway but Australia gets away with it, thanks to its defender.

22' Clumsy passing from Saevik who gives away the ball right at the centre of midfield. Australia go ahead but doesn't capitalise on it.

20' Much needed clearance by Carpenter who puts away a dangerous ball from the wing.

19' OFFSIDE by Norway. After the initial chances the game has been pretty calm now.

17' The game is very open, the pace is good from both sides but there is a lack of quality from both sets of players on the ball.

FACT - Except the first ever World Cup in 1991 Australia has qualified for every single Women's WC


15' Australia wins the first corner of the game, with Kerr having her cross blocked by Mjelde. Can they test the keeper here? They certainly have a height advantage. Hjelmseth does well to punch and the catch the ball on the second attempt.

13' It looks like Norway is trying to break forward on the counter at the moment and catch Australia out that way, as it is struggling to remain composed on the ball and string passes together to form an attack.

11' Great movement from Sam Kerr again as she comes close to scoring with a flick. The cross came in from Raso.


10' Norway skipper Maren Mjelde didn't want to take a chance at midfield as she clears a long ball.

7' Australia is dominating the early possession here, Norway hasn't yet settled into the game, playing a few too many sloppy passes at the moment.

5' CHANCE! Excellent ball in by Foord. Hayley Raso almost produces a brilliant solo goal for Australia. But it's straight at Hjelmseth who makes a good save.

3' Norway has an effort on goal as well. Risa with a shot from the edge of the penalty area which doesn't trouble the goalkeeper.

1' Kerr almost scores in the first 30 seconds. She cuts in brilliantly evading the defender in the process and shoots just wide.



Sam Kerr became only the 10th person to score more than three goals in a World Cup game.

Guro Reiten - 1 goal and 1 assist this tournament.


Norway makes just one change to its starting XI with Utland dropping to the bench and she has been replaced by Saevik. Meanwhile Australia makes four changes to its side, with Kellond-Knight, Foord, Yallop and Raso all coming into the team.

Norway goes in with a 4-4-2 formation and Australia decides to go with a 4-3-3.

Time for the National Anthems. Norway looks pumped up as its players motivate each other after the anthem. Australia seems confident too.


Norway: Ingrid Hjelmseth; Ingrid Moe Wold, Maren Mjelde, Maria Thorisdottir, Kristine Minde; Karina Saevik, Vilde Risa, Ingrid Engen, Guro Reiten; Caroline Graham Hansen, Isabell Herlovsen.

Australia: Lydia Williams; Ellie Carpenter, Alanna Kennedy, Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight; Emily Van Egmond, Tameka Yallop, Hayley Raso; Caitlin Foord, Sam Kerr, Chloe Logarzo.


-  Norway's best source of goals have been own goals (two) while strikers Lisa-Marie Utland and Caroline Graham Hansen have scored a goal each.

-  Australia skipper Samantha Kerr has five goals in three matches including four strikes in the 4-1 win over Jamaica which sealed the Round-of-16 place for the Matildas.

-   This will be the third meeting in the last four editions of the World Cup with the Aussies knocking out the Norwegians in the group stage of the 2011 World Cup.

-  Hello, guys. 1995-champion Norway is up against Australia in the second match of the last 16.