Matildas downed by Italy in Cup opener

Cheryl Sanders
June 11, 2019

The Juventus player also had the equalizer in the 56th minute for the 15th-ranked Italians, who are making their first appearance in the World Cup since 1999.

"We talked during the interval", Bonansea told Federation Internationale de Football Association. "Maybe that calmed us down a bit so we were able to play the way we know how".

At the previous three World Cup tournaments, Australia's national women's soccer team, the Matildas, reached the quarter finals - far outshining the record of the men.

In an end-to-end affair, Australia almost bagged a second in the 37th minute as Ellie Carpenter picked out Chloe Logarzo in the box, whose header was just parried away for a corner.

She won what might have been considered a soft penalty after Sara Gama took her out. The ball went too far ahead of the defender, allowing Bonansea to race in and gain control.

The centre back's heavy touch was scooped by Bonansea, who wrong-footed Alanna Kennedy, before smashing a right-footed strike between Emily van Egmond and Walker into the bottom right corner of the net.

The score stayed level for the majority of the second half before Italy threatened with a free kick in stoppage time.

Australia were caught in possession and Bonansea surged into the box to fire home 11 minutes after the break.

As both sides pushed for a late victor, it would be Bonansea that stepped up as she headed home the victor in the 95th minute following a corner.

Italy takes on Jamaica in another group stage match at noon Friday in Reims, France.

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