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Australia (W) - Italy (W)
Women's World Cup - 9 June 2019
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FULL-TIME: Italy mark their first World Cup appearance in 20 years with a last-gasp victory over Australia in the opening game of Group C!
- GoalBarbara BonanseaItaly (W)
GOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Australia 1-2 Italy: Australia are punished for lax defending right at the death! Williams is all at sea as a corner delivery is sent deep and Bonansea capitalises, heading down at the far post to win Italy the game!
BLOCK! Kerr shoots from the right but Gama is on hand to make the block. Time running out for Australia.
Polkinghorne, hoping to make amends for her earlier mistake, heads wide. There will be a minimum of FIVE minutes of added time!
End-to-end action as we approach the dying stages. Italy are caught out by another offside call and now Australia force a corner. Tense times.
Australia are throwing everyone forward now. Italy are prepared for the onslaught.
The game remains in the balance as we enter the last five minutes. Australia have rode their luck for large parts of the game, can they go on to win the game?
- OffTameka YallopAustralia (W)
- OnElise Kellond-KnightAustralia (W)
AUSTRALIA SUB: Elise Kellond- Knight replaces Yallop.
GOAL DISALLOWED! Italy fume. Sabatino is left unmarked to latch onto a through-ball. She knocks her first effort against the bar and then converts the rebound from a tight angle. It won't count, however, as the flag is up once again. Looked very close.
CLOSE! A scare at the back for Australia. The ball is played through to Giacini on the left and her cross bounces off Kennedy and straight into the arms of Williams.
Australia are now operating in a 4-4-3 formation as they look to win the game.
- OffValentina BergamaschiItaly (W)
- OnValentina GiacintiItaly (W)
ITALY SUB: Bergamaschi is replaced by AC Milan's Valentina Giacini.
- Yellow cardLisa De VannaAustralia (W)
YELLOW CARD! Substitute De Vanna is booked for a late challenge in midfield as Australia's frustrations grow.
Australia may have started the game as firm favourites but it's Italy who look more likely to win this contest at the moment. Into the last 15 minutes now - will there be a winner?
Two quick-fire offside calls frustrate Italy, but the Azzuri are looking increasingly dangerous on the counter-attack.
- OffHayley RasoAustralia (W)
- OnKatrina GorryAustralia (W)
AUSTRALIA SUB: Katrina Gorry replaces Raso.
NO PENALTY! VAR checks for a potential handball in the Australian penalty area from an Italian corner but nothing comes of it. Play on.
OFFSIDE! Gama steps forward at the last moment to leave Kerr in an offside position saving the Australian captain's blushes after a bad miss.
Desperate defending from Australia as a ball is swept across the six-yard box but the Matildas knock it behind for a corner.
WIDE! Kennedy gets plenty of power in her header but can't direct it on target. Australia still searching for their second goal. They have had 11 shots compared with Italy's four.
- Yellow cardCristiana GirelliItaly (W)
YELLOW CARD! Girelli goes into the book after clattering into Yallop.
Bonansea's goal for Italy was their first at the Women's World Cup since 27 June 1999 against Mexico. This gap of 7,287 days is the longest between two goals by a single team in the tournament's history.
- OffChloe LogarzoAustralia (W)
- OnLisa De VannaAustralia (W)
AUSTRALIA SUB: The hugely experienced Lisa De Vanna - making an appearance in her fourth World Cup - replaces Foord.
And now we have a game on our hands!
CRUCIAL INTERVENTION! Australia respond. Kerr flicks a header on, setting Raso up for a great opportunity. She waits for the ball to bounce before striking it but Linari comes across to make a vital block.
- GoalBarbara BonanseaItaly (W)
GOAAAAAALLLLLL! Australia 1-1 Italy: Curse of the commentator - Italy have drawn level! A mistake at the back from the experienced Polkinghorne is punished! She takes a heavy touch while trying to play out from the back and Bonansea pounces, checking inside before slotting it past Giuliani,
Australia are still very much on top, winning the second balls and keeping possession better. A second goal would surely kill off Italy's hopes.
SAVE! Carpenter picks Foord out with a ball from the left. The forward has time to pick her spot but she goes for power rather than precision and Giuliani races off her line to make a brave save.
Giugliano and Cernoia, the players who went down, receive treatment and return to the field.
Australia move the ball forward at pace, as two Italy players are clattered. Play is allowed to continue, however, as the Matildas work the ball into a dangerous area but the attack comes to little.
Kerr marks the moment that separates the sides, and there's a familiar look about her celebration!
- OffAurora GalliItaly (W)
- OnElisa BartoliItaly (W)
Elisa Bartoli replaces Galli for Italy as the second period gets underway.
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HALF-TIME: Sam Kerr's goal separates the sides at the interval. It has been an entertaining half and it ends Australia 1-0 Italy.
CHANCE! Logarzo, searching for her first goal for Australia in over a year, powers a header over the bar from the edge of the penalty area.
Two minutes will be added on at the end of the first-half.
Italy's defensive midfielder Galli is given her final warning by the referee after making several fouls.
Italy haven't had a shot at goal since the 16th minute. Their disallowed goal has clearly upset their momentum.
Italy will always pose a threat in attack, however, and chances are bound to come their way. The Azzuri have scored in their last seven games.
Australia are content with the one-goal lead at the moment. They're knocking the ball around casually, almost like they're in training. Five minutes until half-time.
SAVE! A rapid Australian counter-attack almost results in their second goal, as Raso whips across a fantastic cross to the unmarked Logarzo but with the goal gaping she can only head it straight at Giuliani who makes the save on the second attempt.
Williams gathers herself to her feet and is fit to continue. Terrific bravery from the Australian no 1.
STUNNING SAVE! Girelli is picked out unmarked by a cross from the right and with just the goalkeeper to beat the Italian striker sees her shot saved by the FACE of Williams! Crucial intervention, but the Australian goalkeeper is hurt. It was all in vain anyway as Girelli was in an offside position.
Australia have found their groove. They are dictating the tempo of the match and the pace and movement of Kerr is proving a headache for the Italian defence.
OFF THE BAR! Van Egmond's overcooked cross sails over the head of Italy's goalkeeper Giuliani but she's rescued by the woodwork!
Kerr makes a terrific run in behind the Italian defence from Kerr and she receives it on the right side of the penalty area. She hurries her pull back, though, and Italy clear it behind for a corner.
Two key moments have turned this game on its head, but you have to say the officials have got them both right.
- GoalSamantha KerrAustralia (W)
GOAAAAAALLLLLLL! Australia 1-0 Italy: Kerr sees her penalty saved by Giuliani but she reacts quickest to tap in the rebound. She has her first ever goal at the World Cup!
PENALTY TO AUSTRALIA! Kerr is wrestled to the ground by Gama as a cross comes in from the right and the referee points to the spot, brandishing a yellow card as well.
CLOSE! A shot is unleashed from the right, it takes a deflection and almost falls for Raso unmarked at the far post but she can't sort her feet out and can't make the connection.
FREE-KICK! Raso gets in behind the Italian defence only to be pulled back by Guagni. Australia have a free-kick close to the corner flag.
Italy are still in the ascendancy here. They win their first corner of the afternoon but Williams is alert and punches the danger clear.
SHOT! Italy have dusted themselves off and are back on the attack. Guagni senses glory as she lines up a shot from distance but it's a few yards off target.
Yes, Bonansea was marginally offside, a second look at the replay shows. Inches.
Action back underway after a lengthy VAR stoppage. How will Italy respond to this set-back?
It is a huge call and VAR has ruled she was offside. The replays I'm watching shows it was mightily close. Looked level.
GOAAAAALLLLLLLLL! No. It's ruled out! GOAL CANCELLED! Controversy! Bonansea thought she had broken the offside trap as she latched onto a fine through-ball, held off a challenge from Catley before poking it past Williams. Her celebrations are cut short, however, as the offside flag is up.
This is Sam Kerr's third World Cup - but she's yet to find the net on the main stage. I wonder how much that plays on her mind.
SHOT! End-to-end action here in Valenciennes as Italy threaten for the first time this afternoon. Mauro beats the offside trap but shoots from an angle and Williams makes a comfortable save.
CLOSE! Kerr is again the target as a cross is delivered from the left flank. She slips in between two defenders to meet the ball but gets too much on her header and it's just over the bar.
CHANCE! Australia threaten with their first attack. The ball is switched to Foord on the left flank and she floats a cross into the danger area, hoping to pick out Kerr. Giuliani is off her line quickly and punches it dangerously against Kerr, taking the ball behind the goal. Offside flag was up anyway.
Italy are enjoying the early possession.
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KICK-OFF! Australia get the game off and running.
The national anthems are being belted out. Passion!
Here comes the players. Great atmosphere to greet them on a warm summer's afternoon. The match is being played in the city of Valenciennes, close to the Belgian border.
Brazil and Jamaica make up the other contenders in Group C - they square off against each other at 2.30pm today.
Italy come into the game in fine fettle, having won seven of their last nine games - losing only on penalties to North Korea and drawing with Poland. They are managed by former defender Milena Bertolini.
Australia have already landed a trophy this season, in the shape of the inaugural Cup of Nations. They last met Italy in 2014, winning 5-2 at the Cyprus Cup.
Ranked sixth in the world, Australia start the game as favourites, while Italy currently sit 15th and are making their first World Cup appearance in 20 years. The Matildas' preparation has been far from ideal, however, losing their last two matches - 3-0 to the Netherlands and 5-3 to the US.
Carrie Dunn speaks with England captain Steph Houghton ahead of the Three Lions' clash with Scotland this afternoon.
Italy are boosted by the return of left winger Alia Guagni. She forms a dangerous attacking line with Cristiana Girelli, Barbara Bonansea and Ilaria Mauro. Defender Sara Gama is the club captain.
Australia are unchanged from the side that lost 3-0 to the Netherlands last weekend. Sam Kerr is The Matildas' star player and their captain. Having made her international debut as a 15-year-old, it feels like Kerr has been around forever - she's still only 25! She arrives in formidable form, hitting 23 goals in her last 27 international appearances.
Starting XI: Giuliani, Bergamaschi, Gama, Linari, Guagni, Cernoia, Giugliano, Galli, Bonansea, Mauro, Girelli.
Starting XI: Williams, Catley, Kennedy, Polkinghorne, Carpenter, Logarzo, Foord, Van Egmond, Yallop, Raso, Kerr.
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