Brazil knocked out by Australia
Seventh- ranked team is upset after winning all three games in the group stage.
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.”
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.