The Matildas make history
While the majority of Australian’s slept Monday night, the Matildas, Australia’s national soccer team, made history by advancing to the quarter finals of the 2015 FIFA World Cup.
This is the first time an Australian senior soccer side has won a knockout game in a world cup. With the team defeating Brazil 1 – 0 in Moncton, Canada.
The match was a nail-biter until a goal in the 80th minute from substitute Kyah Simon, which sent Australia into the round of eight.
Brazil’s powerful strikes were no match for Australian goalkeeper Lydia Williams, who made several impressive saves.
I can’t believe it!!!! This team is amazing 🇦🇺⚽️ pic.twitter.com/cnjo2DrdWf
— Lydia Williams (@lydsaussie) June 21, 2015
Defensive midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight was named player of the match.
The Matilda’s have made it to the quarter finals before in 2007 and 2011, but no other senior soccer side has done it in a knockout match.
Coach Alen Stajcic said the team’s hard work had paid off.
“Exhilarating is the word for such a victory against a big powerful football nation. The effort, the execution, the spirit has just been brilliant…”
Some sweet revenge for this one pic.twitter.com/YUytUDsyu4
— Sarah Walsh (@swalshy9) June 21, 2015
Striker Michelle Heyman, told ABC NewsRadio that the win gave the team belief they can go further in the tournament.
“You can just see that the way we are playing, we want this… We’ve improved so much over the years and it is a whole new level for us.”
The next opponent for the Aussies will either be defending champs Japan or the twelfth-seeded Netherlands.
The match will kick off at 6am (AEST) Sunday morning on SBS.