Football Women’s World Cup 2023 : Australia has achieved a historic milestone by advancing to the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup for the very first time. The electrifying atmosphere in Brisbane, where a capacity crowd had gathered, erupted in sheer joy as the Matildas secured a remarkable victory in a tense penalty shootout against France.
Having reached the quarterfinals thrice before in previous tournaments, the co-hosts had always fallen short of progressing further. However, this time, on their home turf, the Matildas rewrote history in a captivating climax to the game.
The decisive moment came during the penalty shootout, with Cortnee Vine emerging as the hero. As the 20th penalty taker, Vine’s successful shot clinched a 7-6 triumph on penalties, propelling Australia into the semifinals and setting up a clash against either England or Colombia.
The quarterfinal encounter had seen France having a goal rightly disallowed in extra time. With neither team able to break the deadlock over the course of 120 intense minutes, the match was ultimately settled through the nerve-wracking drama of a penalty shootout.
Though both sides experienced missed opportunities from the penalty spot, France’s four misses proved costly, paving the way for Vine to step up and conclude the high-pressure shootout. The moment of triumph ignited exuberant celebrations among the Australian players, mirrored by the nearly 50,000 jubilant fans who had packed the stadium.
Following the match, the Matildas paraded around the pitch in a lap of honor, as the ecstatic fans danced, waved flags, and passionately cheered on a team that has captured the hearts of a nation deeply devoted to sports. Australia’s head coach, Tony Gustavsson, expressed immense pride in his team’s achievement and extended gratitude to the supporters. He emphasized that the victory was a collective effort, telling reporters, “You are a part of this victory. Tonight, every single person in this country belongs to this team.”