Saturday 7 December, 2019

Reggae Girlz crash out of World Cup after 4-1 defeat against Australia

Australia's Caitlin Foord, centre, fights for the ball with the Jamaican pair of Sashana Campbell, right, Toriana Patterson during the Women's World Cup Group C football match  at Stade des Alpes stadium in Grenoble, France, Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Australia's Caitlin Foord, centre, fights for the ball with the Jamaican pair of Sashana Campbell, right, Toriana Patterson during the Women's World Cup Group C football match at Stade des Alpes stadium in Grenoble, France, Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Jamaica's Reggae Girlz were eliminated from their first-ever Women's World Cup without a point after Australia comprehensively beat them 4-1 on Tuesday at Grenoble, France.

Sam Kerr inspired Australia to the victory, scoring all four goals, one shy of the World Cup record and the most by an Australian. The victory advanced the Matildas into the knockout rounds

Kerr tied American Alex Morgan for the tournament lead with five goals.

Australia advanced to the round of 16 for the fourth consecutive tournament following three straight quarterfinal eliminations. The Matildas finished second in Group C and will face Norway in Nice on Saturday on the first day of the round of 16.

Australia's Sam Kerr, top left, jumps for the ball with Jamaica's Khadija Shaw, centre.

Kerr scored on a header off Emily Gielnik's cross in the 11th minute, doubled the lead with another header in the 42nd and completed the hat trick in the 69th. She scored again in the 83rd minute to give her 36 goals in 80 international appearances.

Australia had stumbled at the start of the tournament with a loss to Italy but rebounded with a come-from-behind victory over Brazil.

Lisa De Vanna made her 150th international appearance, one shy of the Australian record set by Cheryl Salisbury.

Jamaica got their first World Cup goal when Havana Solaun scored in the 49th. The first Caribbean nation to make the World Cup, Jamaica lost all three matches and were outscored 12-1. But the Reggae Girlz won hearts in France with their underdog story: Disbanded more than a decade ago, the team was revived in 2014 by Bob Marley's daughter Cedella.

In the other Group C match, Marta overtook Miroslav Klose to become the World Cup's new all-time leading goalscorer as Brazil beat Italy 1-0 to reach the last 16.

Group C winners Italy had already confirmed their spot in the next round, and although they kept things tight, Brazil just about did enough to earn the crucial three points, taking them through in third place.

Brazil were made to work hard for the victory and only got the decisive goal 16 minutes from time when Marta converted a penalty after Debinha had been fouled in the box.

That took Marta's tally to 17 World Cup goals, one more than Klose managed during his career with Germany.

 

 

 

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