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Australia beats Brazil with aid from an own goal

Australia beats Brazil with aid from an own goal

It is only the second time a team have come from 2-0 down to win at the Women's World Cup.

It is Brazil's first defeat at a World Cup in the group stage since 1995.

Instead of collapsing, the grit and verve synonymous with the side came to the fore. No matter your form in May or the troubles your team faced before kickoff, each 90 minutes allows you to create something new.

But given the weight of expectations and negativity in the air, it was an all-time classic.

The Matildas sought revenge late in first half, when a probing cross was directed to the boot of Caitlin Foord. 2-1.

Weighty praise given the 45-year-old's long-standing involvement in Australian national teams.

"There was a lot of critics talking about us but we're back so suck on that one!" "So suck on that", she said.

'We don't listen to the haters. A robust performance from the Australian side in the first half wasn't wholly reflected by the scoreline, and a solid penalty shout from Tameka Yallop was overruled due to a handball further back on the pitch. Was Brazil good? Coming into this tournament, we thought one thing - a view that was informed by their nine-straight losses.

As Thursday's first half went into extra time, we had one answer: No, they weren't.

"I am so proud of the girls".

"And we're back in it".

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But in 90 emotionally-charged minutes at the Stade de la Mosson in France, Australia was able to turn the wheel on their potential vehicle crash campaign.

The girls in green and gold will need a win against Jamaica on Wednesday (AEST) to confirm their qualification into the next phase of the competition.

Against Brazil, Logarzo's power of running was huge, Tameka Yallop was relentless and Kerr made her infrequent contributions tell.

The first goal was also contentious.

Marta opened the scoring after 27 minutes, converting from the spot after Leticia Santos was fouled by Elise Kellond-Knight.

Cristiane netted her fourth goal at these finals with a 38th-minute header to double Brazil's tally but Foord gave Australia hope with a close-range finish.

Tamires nutmegged Emily Gielnik and released Debinha, who laid an inviting cross for Cristiane to rise above a flat-footed Steph Catley and nod past Lydia Williams.

Humiliated, arguing amongst themselves, and two down, the Matildas set off on a rescue mission and two of the team's hardest workers put Australia on the board.

Australia came out of halftime ready to get that equalizer, and they found it in the 58th minute.

Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter of Australia celebrate following their team's victory in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group C match between Australia and Brazil at Stade de la Mosson on June 13, 2019 in Montpellier, France.