May 27 2010 19:53
THE MATILDAS have qualified for the Women’s World Cup and are in the Asian Cup Final after a stunning 1-0 semi-final win over world number five Japan in China tonight.
It was striker and FourFourTwo magazine columnist Kate Gill with the crucial goal in the first half after Japan failed to clear a high ball into their box.
The Aussies girls hung on and withstood a Japanese onslaught in the final minutes of the game to register a famous win that has given Aussie women’s football a massive boost.
The match started with Japan putting the Westfield Matildas under enormous pressure and in the third minute Japan struck the post off a corner with the follow up shot flying inches over the Australian goal.
Australia found their way into the match in the seventh minute when a Collette McCallum through-ball found Sarah Walsh who streaked ahead of her marker and her well-weighted cross landed in front of Heather Garriock and a pair of Japan defenders.
In a tangle of feet Garriock almost won a penalty only to have the ball swiftly under Japan’s control again.
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