FIFA Women's World Cup: Australia, France move on
Forward Kyah Simon's timely goal leads to quarter-final berth for Aussie's
Substitute Kyah Simon put herself in the perfect spot to make a winning shot.
She got it done in the 80th minute, tapping in a rebound to lead Australia to a 1-0 win over Brazil 1-0 to advance to the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup.
A well placed ball from substitute Katrina Gorry found Lisa De Vanna charging down the right side of the field. De Vanna's shot was blocked by Brazilian goalkeeper Luciana, but the rebound went right to Simon, who scored the first goal conceded by Brazil in the tournament.
"All that was going through my head was to be there in case (the goalkeeper) fumbled it," said Simon, who had been substituted into the game just 16 minutes before the goal. "It just so happened that the ball fell at my feet and I got the tap-in."
It was also a bit of deja-vu for the Aussie, who scored her very first international goal against another team from Brazil.
"It kind of brought back flashbacks," she said. "I was only 16 years at that age, and it was kind of ironic going on the field. I fell back to that moment and felt what an amazing moment it would be if I could do that again."
There was no scoring in the first 45 minutes despite aggressive play from both teams.
The best chance before half came at the 28th minute, when Brazil's Formiga launched a booming shot from outside the box on target for the top, right-hand side of the net, but it was deflected up and over by Australian goalkeeper Lydia Williams.
Australian coach, Alen Stajcic called the win "exhilarating," and said he felt good with his team's attacking style.
"I think we're one of the most dangerous teams at the World Cup if not the most dangerous team in going forward," he said.
France rolls into next round
Marie Laure Delie scored two goals to help France beat South Korea 3-0 and advance to the quarterfinals.
France will play Germany on Friday here at Olympic Stadium, where the French-speaking crowd serenaded Les Bleues with their national anthem, "La Marseillaise." German coach Silvia Neid was in the stands, scouting her next opponent after her team beat Sweden 4-1 in Ottawa on Saturday.
Delie scored in the fourth minute and Elodie Thomis made it 2-0 in the eighth. Then France scored again in the 48th minute when Eugenie Le Sommer brought the ball to the end line and passed it back to Delie in the middle.
Delie received a standing ovation from the France fans in the crowd when she left in the 84th minute for a substitute.
The first half had a lengthy delay when South Korean goalkeeper Jungmi Kim needed medical attention after taking an elbow — from one of her own teammates — to her cheek while leaping for a ball that was lobbed into the box.
She remained in the game with her cheek bandaged, but she took another hit later in the half.
Delie has made a habit of scoring quickly.
Her header just 34 seconds into the group-stage finale against Mexico sparked a 5-0 rout that helped Les Bleues overcome — if not forget — their loss to Colombia that was one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.
With files from The Associated Press