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Australia 4 (Kennedy 35, Kerr 89,106, Fowler 103)>
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GB hopes crushed despite White heroics
 Women's Football FIFA News - 2 Aug 2021
 
Great Britain 3 (White 57,66,115)
Australia 4 (Kennedy 35, Kerr 89,106, Fowler 103)

Great Britain's medal hopes in the Olympic Games were brought to an end when they were on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline, despite a hat-trick from Ellen White.
 
Chelsea striker Sam Kerr scored two crucial goals, including what proved to be the winner in extra time, to lead her side to within one win of a place on the podium.
 
The first half was cagey in comparison to the rest of the game but it was Australia who took the lead going into the interval, Alanna Kennedy powering in a header from a Steph Catley corner.
 
The Matildas had done a great job until this point in stifling the GB attack but just before the hour, they got the breakthrough they craved. Lauren Hemp found space on the right and floated in a pinpoint cross for White to expertly guide a header past Tiegan Micah and into the corner of the net.
 
The game was turned on its head just nine minutes later when, after her initial shot was blocked, the Australian defence failed to clear the ball and White pounced to drill a shot which Micah could not keep out and GB were ahead for the first time.
 
As the game reached the later stages, Australia threw players forward whilst GB battled hard to hold onto their lead. However with two minutes remaining, their resistance was broken as the ball was pumped into the area from deep and controlled by Kerr, the GB defence hesitated fatally and Kerr was able to turn and drive the ball in for an equaliser.
 
GB started extra time on the front foot and were unlucky not to go back in front as Keira Walsh's powerful strike was tipped over the bar by Micah. Minutes later, Micah did even better to keep out a close range shot from White.
 
The big chance came three minutes before the break as Ellie Carpenter was adjudged to have fouled Nikita Parris in the area and a penalty was awarded. Caroline Weir stepped up but her shot was kept out by Micah, diving to her left.
 
Australia then went on the counter attack and Mary Fowler carried the ball to the edge of the area where her shot took a wicked deflection off Lucy Bronze and looped pass a helpless Roebuck and into the top corner.
 
Things were to get worse for GB a minute after the start of the second period. Catley floated in a cross from the left and Kerr climbed above Steph Houghton to power in a header off the underside of the bar and double the Matildas' lead.
 
GB were able to grab themselves a lifeline with five minutes left and fittingly, it was White who completed her hat-trick with a neat header after Fran Kirby had clipped the ball into the area.
 
There was to be no coming back though and Australia were able to close the game out and book themselves a semi final against Sweden, whilst as in 2012, Great Britain will be left wondering what might have been.
 
Great Britain: Ellie Roebuck, Lucy Bronze (sub Georgia Stanway 112mins), Demi Stokes (sub Millie Bright 58mins), Keira Walsh (sub Sophie Ingle 96mins), Steph Houghton, Leah Williamson, Lauren Hemp (sub Nikita Parris 96mins), Kim Little (sub Jill Scott 80mins), Ellen White, Rachel Daly (sub Fran Kirby 58mins), Caroline Weir. Sub not used: Carly Telford.
 
Australia: Tiegan Micah, Ellie Carpenter, Hayley Raso (sub Chloe Logarzo 88mins), Alanna Kennedy, Aivi Luik (sub Emily Gielnik 80mins), Tameka Yallop, Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord (sub Kyra Cooney-Cross 80mins (sub Clare Polkinghorne 108mins)), Sam Kerr, Emily van Egmond, Kyah Simon (sub Mary Fowler 80mins). Subs not used: Lydia Williams, Laura Brock.

 

 
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