Italy (W) - Women's World Cup - 9 June 2019


Australia started the second half strong but it was Italy who hit back in the 56th minute, courtesy of a defensive error by Clare Polkinghorne.

The ball fell in toward the far post, where Bonansea was able to get a piece of it, sending a bouncing header past Australian net-minder Lydia Williams for the decisive score.

Cristiane scored all three goals for Brazil as they spoiled Jamaica's Women's World Cup debut.

Juventus' Bonansea popped up at the back post to head home the victor having already levelled for the dogged Italians, putting the Azzurre second in Group C, level on three points with Brazil after a Cristiane hat-trick inspired them to a 3-0 thumping of Jamaica in Grenoble.

Timed at exactly 94 minutes and 39 seconds, Bonansea's victor was the latest winning goal scored in normal time of any Women's World Cup.

"We created enough chances to win the game, we dominated enough possession but I think at the crucial times we didn't capitalise on that".

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"We have the potential to get through, we've just made a decision to go the long way, the hard way about it".

The veteran forward's goal in the 64th minute for the hat trick came on a free kick that curled just under the crossbar.

Sam Kerr gave Australia a lead midway through the first half by following up her own penalty miss.

The trio of tallies were the eighth, ninth, and 10th career goals at the World Cup for the 34-year-old, who plays her club soccer with Sao Paolo in Brazil.

Handed a chance to break her World Cup duck, Kerr's initial effort was saved by Laura Giuliani, but she tapped in the rebound to spark Australia's attack.

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