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Women’s WC: Italy beat Australia 2-1

Valencienne, Jun 9 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/9/2019 12:33:35 PM IST

A goal in the final minute of injury-time has seen Italy claim a dramatic 2-1 win over Australia at the Women’s World Cup. 

Looking for her first World Cup goal, Matildas captain Sam Kerr twice got into dangerous positions in the first five minutes but couldn’t get a meaningful shot away. 

Barbara Bonansea thought she had opened the scoring for Italy in the eighth minute only for the offside flag to be raised and VAR eventually confirming the striker mistimed her run by the narrowest of margins.

Surviving that scare, Australia went up the other end and won a penalty in the 20th minute after Sara Gama was guilty of bringing down Kerr in the box.

Having won the spot-kick, Kerr stepped up to take it and though having her initial effort saved to the left of goal, she was able to calmly slot home the rebound to give the Matildas the lead.

In an end-to-end affair, Australia nearly bagged a second in the 37th minute as Ellie Carpenter picked out Chloe Logarzo in the box, whose header was just parried away for a corner.

After the break, Bonansea wouldn’t be denied a second time as she brought Italy level in the 56th minute after a mistake at the back from Australia. 

With the momentum, Italy thought they had taken the lead with just over 10 minutes remaining only for the offside flag to this time deny Daniela Sabatino.

As both sides pushed for a late winner, it would be Bonansea that stepped up as she headed home the winner in the 95th minute following a corner. 

The Matildas beginning another World Cup campaign with a loss having also fallen to defeat in their previous two opening games at the tournament.

Germany beat China 1-0

Germany’s teenage midfielder Giulia Gwinn scored a second-half winner as the two-time world champions edged past China 1-0 on Saturday to kick off their World Cup campaign.

The 19-year-old fired in from the edge of the box in the 66th minute to break stiff Chinese resistance in the Group B encounter.

China had almost stunned the favourites against the run of play in the first half when Yang Li was sent through after a German error but her shot was cleared when she looked certain to score.

Carolin Simon hit the woodwork with a cross minutes later but Germany’s early dominance faded as the Chinese gained in confidence.

China earned another golden chance from a quick break, hitting the post in the 44th minute before Germany keeper Almuth Schult came to the rescue.

Gwinn then found just enough space in a crowded Chinese defence to fire home a cleanly-struck shot past keeper Peng Shimeng to settle the game.

Germany are now unbeaten in their last 13 matches, the longest run of any team taking part in the tournament in France. They next take on Spain on Wednesday, while China play South Africa on Thursday.

 

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