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Sam Kerr betrayed by Matildas team to get England to the Final



Sam Kerr betrayed by Matildas team, England into the Final

Australia vs. England brought the momentum to the FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final, but it was Sam Kerr who would be remembered for her efforts despite falling on the losing side.

The semi-final fixture lived up to its high, and went on to keep its momentum in the eventual 1-3 victory for the England Lionesses.

It was a high end game that started with both sides pushing for the lead upon kick-off, with the Matildas of Australia pulling off the first chances of the game, taking England by surprise.

Australian treasure, and Chelsea star, Sam Kerr brought the highlights and kept the Matildas’ attack on the front foot against the Lionesses, taking only a few fouls on her to slow down whatever tempo she came into the game with.

Sam Kerr betrayed by Matildas team to get England to the Final

However it was the Lionesses who drew first blood via an Ella Toone strike from outside the penalty box past the Matildas’ goalie, Mackenzie Arnold in the 36th minute to put things into perspective heading into halftime.

On return from halftime, Sam Kerr brought a glimmer of hope for the Matildas after a quick play with teammate, Katrina-Lee Gorr forced out a power strike past Mary Earps to level the tie for Australia.

The strike was deemed the goal of the tournament owing to its audacity and the nerves of steel from the Chelsea striker to take a shot from the angle she did.

However, her hero moment for her country fell on the mercy of the villain, Lauren Hem who capitalized on the defensive mishap of Clare Polkinghorne to put England back ahead roughly 15 minutes later.

It forced the Matildas into a desperate situation of needing an equalizer before the full time whistle was blown for any hopes of pulling through to the final.

Sam Kerr had a few chances to put the Matildas back on level terms, but ultimately, another defensive error from the Matildas forced Alessia Russo to take the game right out of the hands of Australia for a 3-1 victory.