‘Huge scalp!’ Foord shines as Aussies thump world No.2 Sweden

A day immediately after her 28th birthday, Caitlin Foord was remarkable as the Matildas took out a convincing 4- victory towards Sweden in the Women’s Intercontinental Welcoming on Saturday.

Foord was exceptional for Australia, scoring two plans, and appeared to be in all places in the course of her side’s acquire at Melbourne’s AAMI Park.

“She has been unbelievable in international football,” explained 10 commentator Andy Harper. “The most dominant singular performance I have seen in an international match for some time.” 

A modest Foord was grateful for the praise she been given from the commentators right after the match.

“Thank you. I am just enjoying myself at the moment and enjoying my football, and I guess when we come home we want to take every opportunity to make the most of it. I adore participating in with these women, so that absolutely confirmed tonight and I am happy to hit the back of the net,” explained Foord.

In front of 22,065 admirers, the Aussies held off a potent commence from the Swedes to change the momentum all-around. It was all a single-way targeted traffic in the second half for the Matildas, who managed to continue to keep their opposition scoreless. It was a historic victory for Australia against the world’s amount two aspect, and a wonderful self confidence increase on the highway to the future Environment Cup.

“Eight months out from co-internet hosting the Environment Cup on home soil, the Matildas have claimed a huge worldwide scalp in the form of European powerhouse Sweden without conceding a target,” reported Harper.

“It is just the six situations since March 2012 that Sweden have been beaten by 4 targets, but what a result from the Matildas nowadays,” added Tara Rushton. “The highest-ranked country they have defeated since 2017. Again in 2017 that was group United states of america. These days they obtained it done as they warm up to the world’s number two side Sweden.” 

Sam Kerr was after once again excellent in the environmentally friendly and gold, scoring a goal and having a element in two some others.

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A foul by Sweden in just the next minute gifted Australia an early corner, but Katrina Gorry couldn’t obtain the mark. A Kerr cost-free kick gave a corner straight back again, but a header by Sweden’s Linda Sembrant was way too significant and sailed past the plans.

Sweden uncovered on their own on the entrance foot and were being earning their way up subject, but an offside get in touch with halted their momentum.

The Matildas have been capable to make a breakaway, and with the ears pinned again was screaming for the ball with almost nothing but house in entrance of her, but it turned into a likelihood long gone begging for the Aussies.

The Swedes were being swiftly back on the attack, but two aim makes an attempt in just minutes ended up denied by the Australian defence. The stress saved coming from the guests, who were absolutely on the front foot in the video game.

“Sweden do glance to be a lot more in handle, using more comfortable situation and creating some actually very good opportunities,” said commentator Grace Gill.

A no cost kick to the Matildas practically resulted in the to start with details of the match, but a stunning save from Zecira Musovic held the teams locked at -.

Kyra Cooney-Cross acquired the to start with yellow card of the match in the 28th minute soon after a terrible foul. This gave the Swedes a fantastic opportunity at intention but the moment yet again they didn’t discover the web.  

Irrespective of the constant threats from Sweden, it was the Matildas who lit up the scoreboard initial via none other than Kerr. The Aussie superstar observed the initially chink in Sweden’s armour towards the run of enjoy with eight minutes remaining in the first 50 %, soon after a pinpoint precise help from teammate Hayley Raso.

“It was a finish where by Sam Kerr was able to make something of a difficult problem,” said Gill. “She experienced two defenders, definitely tight to her but the run and the timing were excellent, Hayley Raso did really well to maintain on to that ball for long enough.”

There was a brief split in enjoy when Stephanie Catley copped an accidental poke in the eye from Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius. She was back again on the assault in no time, combining with Foord to practically give the Australians a 2- guide right before halftime but goalkeeper Musovic was capable to make the conserve to continue to keep her facet trailing by 1 at the crack.

“Time and time all over again, we see that mix,” said Gale. “Catley and Caitlin Foord have these types of chemistry down that left-hand side.”

In spite of the early waves of pressure from Sweden, Australia were the ones to head to the sheds in the direct.

“A vibrant start from the Matildas observed Sweden take control of the contest, only to be stung by none other than Sam Kerr, Australia’s all-time major scorer with target variety 64 for the Matildas,” claimed Harper.

But it was all green and gold in the second 50 %, and the Matildas doubled their lead early following some particular person brilliance from Foord observed her get earlier the Swedish defenders to score with a suitable-footed shot from outside the box.

“Musovic obtained a good hand to it but couldn’t rather do enough to steer it exterior,” reported Gale. “But a world-course strike there from Caitlin Foord.”

Foord virtually added to her tally before long immediately after when she bought her foot to a header from Kerr, but Musovic acquired her fingers to it just in time.

A attractive steal from Raso saw her streak up the discipline with two defenders in her way. She was able to kick the ball previous them towards the goals but Musovic when once more spoiled the get together. Raso would have appreciated her time in excess of again minutes later on when she missed an option from close array. But teammate Mary Fowler produced absolutely sure she did not miss out on, when her still left foot kick deflected off a Swedish defender to give Australia a 3- lead.

It wasn’t extended till Australia prolonged their lead to 4-, when Emily van Egmond and Kerr combined to established up Foord for her second target of the game.

Sweden tried desperately to rating a consolation goal, but the Aussies held them out for a 4 level gain.