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IT was a dream come true for Matilda Kyah Simon after scoring the most important goal of her career.
The FIFA World Cup dates back to 1999 for women and 1930 for men and has made a habit of creating new superstars that will forever attract adulation for a moment in time which has captured the world’s billions of soccer fans.
Simon’s third goal at this World Cup in Canada has done that.
Not only did her goal sink Brazil 1-0 in the knockout clash at Moncton Stadium yesterday, she is also a proud indigenous star along with matchwinning goalkeeper Lydia Williams. The pair will both help fashion the game in Australia because the Matildas are punching way above their weight at this World Cup.
“I considered just hammering the ball and if I missed I would never forgive myself,’’ Simon said. “So I put precision onto it and placed it into the side of the net.”
The affable striker was super relaxed despite her goal causing a wave of euphoria back home.
“I’m just over the moon. I’m so excited,’’ Simon said.
“I’m so ecstatic for us getting the result. There’s just this energy on the field and we knew we weren’t going to go down without a fight.
“We had that belief on the field that we were going to get the result and it was just a matter of an opportunity presenting itself, which it did.”
Simon will now be ranked among Australia’s greats.
But if it wasn’t for brilliant goalkeeping of Williams, who made four brilliant saves including a world-class stop in the 28th minute, Simon’s goal may have been in vain.
It was the first time Brazil had been held scoreless at the World Cup since 2007 and just the second time Australia had kept a clean sheet in 22 tournament matches.
Williams was wonderful but it was Simon and Katrina Gorry who became coach Alen Stajcic’s calculated match winners off the bench.
Gorry kick-started the move in the 80th minute, releasing captain Lisa de Vanna which led to the goal. The feisty winger’s shot on target was parried by Brazil keeper Luciana before it fell to Simon who was five metres out from goal.
Australia is now just two wins away from playing in a World Cup final and needs to beat either Japan or Netherlands in Edmonton on Sunday in the quarter-final to get to the last four of the tournament. firstname.lastname@example.org