FT Australia 3 - 2 Brazil: impressive comeback helps Matildas trump Brazil

Follow the live score and updates from a Group C match between Australia and Brazil in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.

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VAR confirms an own goal by Brazil. Australia leads Brazil 3 - 2 with about 11 minutes of regular time left in their game in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.   -  Getty Images

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

I'm Lavanya Lakshminarayanan and I'll be taking you through the games of the night. We begin with a match the world is calling the 'New World Derby'. To find out why and for live updates through the game, Sportstar's got you sorted.

For now, action begins at the Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier, France.

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There is another match lined up for the night. Join me on the other side as South Africa takes on China in a group B match at Parc des Princes.


When you talk about comebacks, remember this one. That win for Australia keeps it firmly in with a chance of qualifying for the next round as it is now level on points with Brazil and Italy and will be hoping to carry some momentum into its final group game against Jamaica.

Vadao's side will hope that it can improve on their performance today, as it knows that it probably needs to beat Italy to stand a chance of making it to the knockout rounds.

FT: There goes the whistle. Australia has managed to do what no team since Sweden beat Germany 24 years ago. It is only the second team to come back from being atleast two goals behind to win a match.

Brazil is beaten and decisively. Australia take home the 3 points.


90' +5'
Free-kick to Brazil. A last shot perhaps?

Karly Roestbakken comes in. It's a World Cup debut for the 18-year-old, even if it means for just a minute.

Brazil are on the verge of losing a World Cup group match for the first time since 1995.

STADIUM ATTENDANCE: 17,032, that's a cup half full. Pat on the backs, fans.

90' Into five minutes of added time at the end of the match after the lengthy VAR check on the last goal.

87' Visible frustration now from the Brazilian women. Another foul is given against them.

Twitter is debating that own goal now. Brazilian supporters are not happy. This tournament has not been without its share of controversial twists and turns. First Norwegian star Ada Hegerberg's absense, the USA celebration controversy, France's penalty goal against Norway and now possibly this? We are game for some fiesty football talk eitherway.

Here's how the points table stands at this moment.

How will we see the group standings change in the next 15-odd minutes? I honestly can't say. I am a sucker for good contests and I am hoping Brazil pulls up its socks and takes the fight to Australia. Brazil doesn't have both goalscorers from the first half on in this half and is looking a little low on momentum. Can they salvage a win?

78' Brazil has struggled to get a foothold in the game after going behind and it's been struggling to string together enough passes to get into the final third to cause Australia problems.

Did you know?  Monica's own goal is only the second that Brazil has conceded in a Women's World Cup game after Daiane versus the US in 2011.


75' Vadao makes a final change. He is not pleased and is sifting through his options carefully. Cristiane comes off and in comes Beatriz.

So here's what happened with that goal, in case you were wondering. Catly went for the direct option as she played a long ball over the top of Brazil's defence. She lookedf for Kerr, who had drifted into an offside position, but Monica got her head to the ball and flicked it past Barbara and into the back of the net. The linesman's flag went up due to Kerr's involvement but we now know this to be an own goal. Pity. Brazil is low on momentum here.

We have another own goal now. The culprit this time, Monica Hickmann Alves. Nothing going according to plan for Brazil right now.

What a match this is turning out to be! Down 2 - 0 first, now leading 3 - 2. This Australian performance has been something else. Consistency!

GOAL GIVEN!  AUSTRALIA LEAD AND ARE THE MATILDAS HAPPY!

66' Goal Australia! But no, it’s offside from Kerr. VAR check on. SO MUCH DRAMA!  Referee off to check the goal opportunity.

Brazil has conceded as many goals in this game (v Australia) as it has in their previous 13 group stage games at the Women's World Cup combined. That's not a statistic the Brazilian team is going to be happy with.

 


What a comeback by Australia! It feels like the teams swapped energy levels at halftime. Brazil look absolutely stunned by that Logarzo goal. The girls need to buck up and move ahead to deny Matildas the comfort of an even playing field. Lead neutralised. We begin the grind again.

58' AUSTRALIA HAS LEVELLED! Logarzo takes a touch on the edge of the box before firing her shot low towards the goal. Kerr's run to the far post drags the defenders towards her which allows the shot drift through and into the back of the net. 2-2!

Smart move by Vadao to rest the veterans, Marta and Formiga in the second half. The former especially is coming off an injury and Vadao will need her to be in prime form in this tournament. Her opening goal is enough reason why.

Marta has scored 16 goals in the Women's World Cup. No player (man or woman) has scored more. She stands shoulder to shoulder with Germany's Miroslav Klose.

Cristiane is now the fifth highest Women's World Cup goalscorer, joining Sun Wen (China) and Bettina Wiegman (Germany) with 11 goals.

Cristiane Rozeira is now the 5th highest Women's World Cup goalscorer, joining Sun Wen (China) and Bettina Wiegman (Germany) with 11 goals. Since the 2007 edition, only Marta has scored more goals in the WWC than Cristiane. WHAT A DUO.


46' There's a double change from Vadao at the break. Formiga is the first player to make way and Luana comes on in her place. Marta makes way for Ludmila.

Kerr will look to involve herself a little more. Australia is hunting for that equaliser and should stop at nothng (within regulations of course) to get there.

Brazil will be happy with its performance here in the first half. It has restricted Australia, save that one goal from the Matildas. Can Brazil bring back its first half momentum? Or will we see a blitz from Down Under? The girls are back. Second half!

Statistics to keep us going through the break: Foord's injury time goal was her first in her tenth Women's World Cup appearance. A prolific W-League goalscorer, Foord recently commenced her NWSL season with some success in front of goal.


I am going to order some food quickly when the clock allows it. See you in a bit.

What a first half that was! We haven't found the time to sit down and soak this game in, especially in the last 15-odd minutes. Australia looked very visiblu frustrated with that goalless first half and fought back to make some kind of an inroad into the Brazilian gameplan. Did Marta and co loosen up a little? They have to tighten their defenses and bring back the energy from just after their first goal if they want to see this game go through in their favour. More action from the second half in a few minutes.

45'+1' Caitlin Foord scores for Australia! Yallop's cross into the box is nodded down by Logarzo and Foord is waiting in the middle to tap the ball into the back of an empty net as Barbara had drifted towards the cross. 2-1!

38' GOOOOOAL. A hat-trick in the opening game and a goal now. CRISTIANE DOUBLES THE LEAD! The cross into the box from Debinha was brilliant and Cristiane just got ahead of her defender in the middle of the box to reach the ball first and head it into the ground and over the line. 2-0 Brazil!

33' Australia has been struggling to get on the ball as often as they were before Brazil scored.

Australia is feeling the pressure now. The luxury of scoring an opener must be so relieving. The Matildas are not happy to be trailing. There's work to do but the Brazilian defense looks like its gotten a shot in the arm. Sam Kerr is trying, but she meets the goalkeeper.

Marta has now scored 16 goals in Women's World Cup history. What an absolute priviledge to watch her play!


I have missed watching the captain in action. Rely on her to get the job done, and done well. Welcome back, Marta.  The momentum is now showing in the Brazilian team's spirit on the field.

27' MARTA SCORES FROM THE SPOT! She confidently steps up to take the penalty and sends the goalkeeper the wrong way as she curls her shot into the bottom corner. 1-0 Brazil!

26' PENALTY TO BRAZIL! Santos goes to ground under pressure from Kellond-Knight in the box. Australia is not happy with the decision as they feel that there was a handball but the referee very quickly points to the spot. VAR having a look at this incident as well and they've given the penalty.

22' NO PENALTY CONFIRMED BY VAR. REASON: THERE WAS A HANDBALL BY THE ATTACKING TEAM

18' Cristiane is not happy and she's making her feelings clear to the referee. She feels like she was caught by Van Egmond's elbow in an earlier challenge and she wants to know why she didn't get a free-kick for it.

POSSIBLE PENALTY. VAR check is on.

13' YELLOW CARD to Formiga. She's playing in her SEVENTH World Cup. I have the fitness levels of a potato so I find that very hard to fathom! More power to her!  Oh, but it's not all joy here. This is her second booking of the tournament which means she will miss Brazil's next match.

0' KICKOFF. WE ARE UNDERWAY. There's a lot at stake for both teams here today. Will we see a spirited Brazilian side dominate or will Kerr's Matildas trump Brazil? I, like you, will have to wait out the 90-odd minutes of this game to find out.

Must-win game for Australia this, if it wants to have a chance to qualify for the knockout rounds. Its defeat to Italy has not made life easy for the Matildas. Brazil comes on the back of a 3-0 victory over Jamaica in its first game.

DID YOU KNOW:
And we're underway. Brazil has now won each of its last 10 group stage games in the Women's World Cup. There are 10 clean sheets and 24 goals to go with it too.

As of last night, here's where the teams stand in their groups and on the points table.

RESULTS AND STANDINGS


In case you missed the games yesterday, we're here to help. Here are the match reports from the games yesterday. I particularly enjoyed the France vs Norway game, what with the drama and the emotions surrounding it all. Take a look.

Nigeria 2 - 0  Korea: Match report

Germany 1 - 0 Spain: Match report

France 2 - 1 Norway: Match report

Meanwhile, the Matildas have a furry fan, cheering them on from Down Under. We like Sam Furr. Can we meet her?



Marta is back. Lovely to have her back in the middle.

I was going to say, who are you rooting for, the yellows or.... (And then realised, it's an actual sea of yellow with both teams, well their supporters at least, sporting variants of the shade). The Brazilian women are out in blue today.

I have always enjoyed national anthems being played in stadiums. The trumpets, the crowds singing. It's such an electrifying atmosphere, whether you're a emotional patriot or otherwise. What a moment for these women to be there representing their countries!

Hello! For those of you who are joining us for the first time, welcome to Sportstar's blog of the Women's World Cup 2019. For those of you who are coming back to join us after a thrilling night of football, welcome back. Today promises to be better (I hope so, at least).

The Matildas take on Brazil today and the hype is insane. Media houses, fans and enthusiasts are dubbing this clash as the New World Derby and here's why.

Australia and Brazil face off for the fourth successive FIFA Women's World Cup. Australia has dominated, winning the last four matches, with 14 goals scored in the process. Brazil is coming into this game after strong performances and will look to set that record straight.

Aside from USA and New Zealand, Australia has met Brazil more than any other nation outside Asia. It is a rivalry stretching back to 1988.

TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA (4-3-3):Williams, Kellond-Knight, Catley, Kennedy, Carpenter, Logarzo, van Egmond, Yallop, Foord, Kerr (c), Gielnik

BRAZIL (4-1-4-1): Barbara, Thaisa, Tamires, Andressa, Formiga, Debinha, Marta (c), Cristiane, L Santos, Kathellen, Mônica

Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)