Women's World Cup Du Jour: Sam Kerr highlights Australia's historic comeback, 2 teams advance

Australia's Caitlin Foord, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring her side's first goal during the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Australia and Brazil at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier, France, Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Australia's Caitlin Foord, center, celebrates her goal against Brazil to start a historic comeback and get the Matildas fired up. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

This is Yahoo Soccer’s daily Women’s World Cup recap. From the best performances to the buzziest moments, we’ll make sure you don’t miss a thing from France.

Key result

Australia 3-2 Brazil

It’s getting crowded at the top in Group C after Australia’s historic comeback. The Matildas were fresh off a loss to Italy and found themselves down 2-0 to Brazil in Marta’s first game of the tournament.

A goal by Caitlin Foord in stoppage time cut the lead in half and Chloe Logarzo nailed the equalizer with a long kick that looked to be a setup. Instead it went untouched past keeper Bárbara, who looked frustrated with her defense minutes earlier. A controversial own goal in the 68th minute that was initially ruled offside inexplicably gave Australia the lead and eventual win.

The historic marks:

  • Brazil’s first loss in the group stage since 1995

  • Brazil’s first goal allowed in the group stage since 2003

  • Marta’s PK to open the scoring was a record-extending 16th World Cup goal and made her the first player to score at five different tournaments

  • Australia becomes second team in tournament history to win after trailing by two goals (Sweden 3-2 Germany in 1995)

It’s a key win for Australia, which moves back up into a tie with Brazil and Italy atop the group with three points each. The squad trails in goal differential and will need a big offensive effort against Jamaica in the final game of the group stage.

Standout player

Sam Kerr, Australia

It’s difficult to give the nod to anyone except the one player the world is talking about. Kerr had a team-high four shots and provided the distraction on Logarzo’s equalizer. She charged the net like she was going to put a final touch on the ball, but not doing so may have been the best choice.

Kerr isn’t breaking the internet for that, though. In a FOX Soccer interview after the match, the Australian superstar provided the quote of the tournament.

If the Matildas weren’t amped up already, they most certainly are now and that’s dangerous for anyone stepping into their path.

Best goal

Li Yang, China

The only goal in China’s victory over South Africa was a pretty one set up by Zhang Rui. Just a little touch for Li Ying’s first score in a World Cup.

The outcome put Germany into the knockout round as the top team out of Group B. France is also guaranteed to advance as one of the four best third-place finishers.

A special honorable mention to Foord breaking a 16-year streak by Brazil with a sliding touch in the box.

Headlines from the touchlines

Thailand goalkeeper thanks Carli Lloyd for making her stronger

Australia overcomes two-goal deficit vs. Brazil

Is FIFA doing enough to protect teams at the World Cup?

Friday’s games

Japan vs. Scotland, Group D, 9 a.m. ET

Jamaica vs. Italy, Group C, 12 p.m. ET

England vs. Argentina, Group D, 3 p.m. ET

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