THE Matildas’ historic win over Brazil in the FIFA Women’s World Cup has captivated the nation.
Early yesterday morning, supersub Kyah Simon scored an 80th-minute winner to oust football superpower Brazil and put Australia into the final eight.
It is the third consecutive time that the Matildas have made the tournament’s final eight. But, after the FIFA Women’s World Cup’s expansion this year, it is the first knockout win for any Australian senior football team.
Football, or soccer, has made great advances in re- cent years, particularly in junior participation.
The sport’s inclusiveness of both girls and boys is one of its great strengths. This represents a challenge to Australian rules football, which also has had rapid growth in women’s teams.
These young female soccer players now have the inspiration of the Matildas succeeding beyond expectation on the sport’s biggest stage.
Australians will be waking early to cheer on the Matildas in Sunday morning’s World Cup quarter-final in Edmonton, Canada, against either Japan or the Netherlands.