Brazil knocked out by Aus­tralia

Sev­enth- ranked team is up­set af­ter win­ning all three games in the group stage.

Los Angeles Times - - WOMEN'S WORLD CUP -

MONC­TON, Canada — Sub­sti­tute Kyah Si­mon scored in the 80th minute to lift Aus­tralia to its first Women’s World Cup knock­out win, a 1- 0 up­set of Brazil and star Marta on a rainy Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Af­ter Ka­t­rina Gorry won a ball at mid­field, Lisa de Vanna’s shot from the top of the penalty area was turned aside by Brazil­ian keeper Lu­ciana. But the re­bound went straight to Si­mon, who had en­tered in the 64th minute. She buried the shot for the first goal al­lowed by Brazil in this tour­na­ment.

“I was just think­ing about the slip­pery con­di­tions,” Si­mon said. “It’s wet, and I needed to fol­low up, and thank­fully I was in the right place at the right time.”

Goal­keeper Ly­dia Wil­liams stopped Cris­tiane’s header off a long free kick in the 90th minute to clinch 10th- ranked Aus­tralia’s first win in three tries against Brazil in World Cup play. Wil­liams f in­ished with six saves.

Aus­tralia moves on to Ed­mon­ton to face the win­ner of Tues­day’s match be­tween Ja­pan and the Nether­lands in the quar­ter­fi­nals Satur­day.

It was 23- year- old Si­mon’s third goal of the tour- na­ment. She scored both goals in a 2- 0 group- stage vic­tory over Nige­ria.

“It was just one mo­ment of magic,” Aus­tralia Coach Alen Sta­j­cic said.

Aus­tralia sur­vived Group D, the so- called Group of Death, f inishing sec­ond be­hind the sec­on­dranked United States af­ter a 1- 1 draw with No. 5 Swe­den in the group fi­nale.

“It’s a big mo­ment there, show­ing we can com­pete with the world’s best, and we did it here again to­day,” Sta­j­cic said.

Sev­enth- ranked Brazil won all three matches in its group, and was the only team in the f ield to ad­vance with­out con­ced­ing a goal.

Brazil has been to ev­ery World Cup since the women’s ver­sion started in 1991.

“It was one de­tail,” Brazil Coach Vadao said through an in­ter­preter. “One ball that we lost at mid­field. We had con­trol of the game — es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half.”

Marta, who was mak­ing her fourth World Cup ap­pear­ance and holds the all­time record for goals in the tour­na­ment with 15, was stymied. Her best chance came in the 62nd minute, when she charged down the left side, but Wil­liams dived to pushed the shot away.

Si­mon’s goal was her 14th in 55 in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ances. “It’s such an achieve­ment and such a mile­stone in our ca­reer,” she said. “You know, the peo­ple that doubted us, we proved them wrong and kept pro­gress­ing and play­ing pos­i­tive football.”

An­drew Vaughan As­so­ci­ated Press

TEAM AUS­TRALIA CEL­E­BRATES Kyah Si­mon’s goal against Brazil in the round of 16 at the Women’s World Cup in Monc­ton, Canada. It was the f irst goal Brazil gave up in this year’s tour­na­ment.

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