Australia have been eliminated from the FIFA Women’s World Cup 4-1 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw at the end of extra-time against Norway sent the Matildas into a shootout in Nice.
Isabelle Herlovssen opened the scoring in the round of sixteen clash, after Australia had had the lion’s share of chances early on, including an opening minute opportunity for Matildas captain Sam Kerr that she fired just wide.
The Matildas were able to level the scores in the 83rd minute, after Elise Kellond-Knight shot a corner kick straight into the back left corner of Norway’s goal.
Extra-time offered no decider, before a disappointing series of penalty attempts bundled Australia out of contention for the biggest international trophy in women’s world football.
Guro Reiten, Maren Mjelde and Ingrid Syrstad Engen all converted, with Steph Catley the only Australian to find the back of the net in the game-deciding shootout.
For Newcastle’s Emily van Egmond, the tournament ended early. After playing the deep-lying midfield role for every minute of the World Cup campaign, Van Egmond was felled less than 15 minutes out from the penalty shoot-out. The injury forced a swap in the last five minutes, with Karly Roestbakken replacing the Novocastrian star.
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The Hunter had another representative in the squad – South Wallsend’s Gema Simon. The Matildas defender was forced to watch the Round of 16 elimination from the bench, after spending her time in France as an unused substitute.