Australia captain Kerr bites back at critics

Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter of Australia celebrate victory

Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter of Australia celebrate victory

"It was kind of do or die for us".

Australia coach Ante Milicic would have been a anxious man sitting on the sideline watching his troops concede two goals in the first half but they dragged themselves back into the contest through sheer willpower more than anything else.

Australia shocked Brazil in an extraordinary five-goal thriller and inflict a first group-stage defeat on the South Americans in 24 years. Marta converted the penalty to increase her record women's World Cup goal total to 16. Teammate Cristiane Rozeira then headed in her fourth this edition and 11th in all.

A revamped Australian XI laid on all the pressure in the first half, keep two-thirds of possession though unable to turn opportunities into clear-cut chances. It gave Chloe Logarzo more room to move and her header found Caitlin Foord, who scored Australia's first goal.

They then needed some help and got it in the 58th minute.

Shortly afterwards, Brazilian defender Monica's attempted headed clearance flew into her own goal.

Logarzo was voted player of the game. Brazilian legend Marta - who was subbed off at halftime - was visibly filthy on the sideline, yelling and gesturing with her hands and a team official nearby was also suggesting his side had been hard done by.

"Ante really goes in there and is able to lift us", she said.

Kellond-Knight said she hoped any wavering fans would have come back to the fold after their comeback against Brazil. "We like a good fight". It was definitely a cross for Sam.

"Italy and Brazil defended quite deep and that negates the speed of the Australia's front three and their ability to get over the top and play beyond the line", he said.

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The ruling was controversial due to whether Kerr impacted the play or not.

Receiving from playmaker Zhang Rui, who sliced the rivals' defending line on the right and curled in a ideal cross, Li came up to a cool finish, beating South African captain Janine van Wyk to the ball to prod past a stranded keeper Kaylin Swart in the 40th minute. We were so disappointed after the first game. Maybe she just got caught up in the emotion, but it's her job as captain to speak on behalf of the team.

"I'd like to review it again". "I think nowadays, if there was a pathway, I probably would have stayed".

Former England worldwide Laura Bassett agreed, saying: "Because it's so central it does affect you going for the ball". "Just got to cop it".

Tamires nutmegged Emily Gielnik and released Debinha, whose inviting cross was met by Cristiane, who rose above a flat-footed Steph Catley to nod past Lydia Williams.

"I should have attacked the ball", she said.

"We haven't been reading (the criticism) but at the end of the day you can feel it". We kept moving them around.

The result sees the Matildas pull level on points with Brazil in their group. The Matildas play Jamaica on Tuesday.

"That winning feeling is nice", said Foord.

"We didn't want it to be the way our tournament was going to go".

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