Australia missed out on a primary look in a Women’s World Cup ultimate after a 3-1 defeat to England in Sydney.
The Matildas fell behind within the first half at Stadium Australia earlier than Sam Kerr levelled with a spectacular end from distance.
But objectives from Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo secured victory for the Lionesses late on to take Sarina Wiegman’s aspect via to a second consecutive main event ultimate.
Australia had flourished on residence soil in the course of the World Cup, even within the injury-enforced absence of star Kerr for a lot of the marketing campaign, to progress to the final 4 for the primary time. A final-four defeat nonetheless left the nation questioning what may need been, with Tony Gustavsson’s aspect now heading to Brisbane for the third place play-off in opposition to Sweden on Saturday.
Domestic media studies took within the defeat and the emotion of the event afterwards with a string of headlines and entrance pages reflecting on their semi-final look.
The entrance web page of The Australian mirrored each the frustration and the way help has swelled behind the Matildas in the course of the event, saying: “Dream Kerr-tailed but national love affair’s just begun”.
Sydney’sDaily Telegraph equally performed with the star ahead’s title, describing the consequence as a “Heart breakerr”.
“Pride and pain,” learn the entrance of Melbourne each day The Age, whereasThe Sydney Morning Herald additionally mirrored an analogous theme, describing the Matildas as “queens of hearts” over a picture exhibiting the Australia squad gathered collectively in a coronary heart form after their defeat.
In Perth, in the meantime, The West Australian went with “It hurts …but we’re so proud” on the entrance of Thursday’s version.
Australian tv protection of the semi-final was watched by greater than 11 million folks on Channel 7 within the nation.
The broadcast was essentially the most watched TV occasion within the nation’s historical past.