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Kyah Simon 80
Brazil reverted to their normal starting lineup after resting several players for the win over Costa Rica. This saw Fabiana, Thaisa, Andressa Alves, Marta, Cristiane and Formiga replacing Poliana, Maurine, Rosana, Raquel Fernandes, Gabriela and Darlene.
Australia named two changes from the team that had drawn with Sweden, with Tameka Butt and Michelle Heyman replacing Katrina Gorry and Kyah Simon.
Brazil dominated the possession in the opening stages but struggled to carve an opening. They had the game’s first shot when Cristiane tried her luck from outside the box, but her effort was straight at Lydia Williams.
Australia then went close. Elise Kellond-Knight’s corner picked out Samantha Kerr at the far post, and from a narrow-angle, her volley flew into the side-netting.
The game then turned into a game of nearly-great moves. Tamires played a dangerous ball into the Australian box, but it somehow dissected the four Brazilian players. Then Lisa de Vanna nearly picked out Kerr, but she was denied by Fabiana interception. Caitlin Foord looked to have set Kerr up with a simple headed goal, only for Fabiana to make a superb defensive clearance.
However, the game roared into life in the 82th minute when Brazil created the game’s best chance so far. Australia gave away possession cheaply to Formiga whose 25-yard shot was just dipping in, only to be denied by Williams’ outstanding fingertip save to tip the ball over the bar.
Brazil was slightly fortunate not to concede when Kellond-Knight’s corner picked out Alanna Kennedy whose glancing header looked like it was going in, except it hit Fabiana. More good fortune followed as Steph Catley’s cross took a massive deflection off Monica, but safely into Luciana’s arms.
Brazil nearly immediately scored in the second-half. Cristiane cut off the left-wing and beat two defenders to break into the box when the ball fell kindly for Tamires, but her shot went narrowly wide of the far post.
The tactical stalemate that had developed was broken in the 62nd minute. Cristiane played a through-ball down the left to Marta, who took the time to set herself up, but her powerful shot was tipped past the far post by Williams. The resulting corner saw Formiga’s header hit the post, and Australia launched a counter-attack which ended with Emily van Egmond’s shot being deflected just wide.
But then Australia scored, and it was started and finished by their two substitutes. Katrina Gorry played a sensational diagonal pass to the unmarked de Vanna. Her powerful shot was saved by Luciana, but she parried it straight to Kyah Simon who converted the chance.
Brazil could only create one last chance to equalise. Marta launched a free-kick into the box, but Cristian’s flicked header was simply saved by Williams.
Caitlin Foord – Australia. She was a constant threat going forward, but also silenced Marta.
Brazil: (4-2-3-1) Luciana, Fabiana, Monica, Rafaelle, Tamires (Beatriz 83), Formiga, Thaisa (Raquel Fernandes 83), Marta (c), Andressa, Andressa Alves, Cristiane.
Booked: Fabiana 14, Marta 81.
Australia: (4-2-3-1) Lydia Williams, Caitlin Foord, Laura Alleway, Steph Catley, Tameka Butt (Katrina Gorry 72), Elise Kellond-Knight, Lisa de Vanna (c), Emily van Egmond, Samantha Kerr, Michelle Heyman (Kyah Simon 64).
Goal: Kyah Simon 80.