The match was Canada vs. Australia during the final round in the group stages, which these teams are in Group B, while Nigeria would take first and Ireland would be eliminated first, which was the struggle of survival of the best two in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup division. It is determined that Australia desire to perform their best while captain Sam Kerr is sidelined due to a calf ailment. The third match for Australia was held at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Melbourne, Victoria. Coaches Tony Gustavsson of Australia and Bev Priestman of Canada have both become desperate about the scenario in regards to which team can go to the Round of 16 with Nigeria while the other would be eliminated with Ireland. If the Matildas win the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification round, they will play at Stadium Australia in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. For sponsorship reasons, it is now known as Accor Stadium as a multi-purpose stadium in the Sydney Olympic Park of the surrounding area.
The match began with both sides taking the ball in the battle to advance to the knockout phase, but only one team could finish top in the group stage, with Nigeria in Group B. The team’s supporters cheered them on and beat on drums to raise the volume in the stadium during the eighth minute. When Australia’s Kyra Cooney-Corry released the corner kick, it was a deep one from Alanna Kennedy with a fast kick from Katrina Gorry that Canada’s Jessie Fleming booted away, giving Australia another try from the back. Mackenzie Arnold, the goalie, produced an incredible kick to Caitlin Foord, who followed by passing it to Steph Catley, who made an enormous pass to the penalty box, where Hayley Raso scored Australia’s first goal. The flag was waved for suspected offside, but the referee requested the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to see whether it went through, and the goal was to be awarded for onside, which Australia was delighted to have early on. The goal, that Hayley Raso provided, has offered all of the fans with some relief, because they may now release their energy.
In the 25th minute, Jessie Fleming gave Canada a corner kick, but Makenzie Arnold volleyed it in with remarkable power. At the 33rd minute, Australia had a terrific steal from Hayley Raso before releasing it to Ellie Carpenter, but she booted an unforced pass to Foord, who quickly gave it to Mary Fowler. Jayne Riviere immediately defended Fowler’s pass, and Raso booted it to the goal zone, where Ellie Carpenter almost put it in before sliding around and Mary Fowler rebounded to score another goal for Australia. The supporters went berserk when Australia led 2-0 following many passes, which produced a 3 V 1 until Fowler was able to score. The squad performed admirably, and Australia was more confident with the ball in the first half. It didn’t stop Canada from claiming that the goal should be disallowed due to a collision from Kadeisha Buchanan of Canada and maybe offside from Carpenter, which was too close to call. Referee Stephanie Frappart opted to verify the footage, which discovered a fracture offside meaning the goal did not count. At the 40th minute, Cooney-Cross of Australia took a corner ball to Canada’s goalie Kailen Sheridan, but Hayley Raso slipped out to give Australia a 2-0 lead. At the corner flag, all of the Australian players raced together to embrace Raso. The crowd couldn’t be more thrilled throughout the game, particularly when the other goal was disallowed and the Matildas were able to make a comeback. Canada was struggling to keep its opponents in place due to a lack of communication and inventiveness on the ball. The match proceeded to halftime with Australia leading 2-0 with hopes to go to the knockout stages.
When the second half began, the Matildas were fully confident on the ball, with the contest in their hands. Katrina Gorry had control of the ball in the 51st minute but shortly lost it after a second of a turnover, which Steph Caitley gave to Raso but almost earned a hat trick. The following minute, Cooney-Cross attempted to kick it from 40 yards out, however Sheridan was able to stop it with her fingertips, preventing Australia from scoring again. Steph Caitley sent a tremendous cross kick to Foord in the 58th minute and raced the ball to Mary Fowler. While Fowler kicked the ball with her left foot, it hit the post but miraculously went in, giving the Matildas a lead of 3-0. She was fortunate that the goal was not dined this time when she got the opportunity to score. The Matildas have taken over first place in Group B and demonstrated their traits as they enhanced their squad to play as magnificent players to do excellent teamwork. Australia has taken control of the contest, while Canada has continued to struggle despite a significant shift in the subs. At the 66th minute, Canada finally shifts into gear with an assist from Cloé Lacasse to Evelyne Veins, who then passes to Deanne Rose, who nearly scored for Canada.
The ball was in Gorry’s possession during the 80th minute when Canada made a fantastic block, but Fowler only managed to hit the post. Vanessa Gillies received the ball after a header and sent it to Veins, but Arnold saved it for Australia and gave Canada a corner kick in the 89th minute. Canada soon unable to recapture the ball, allowing Australia to retake control of the match, which ended up causing 8 minutes of stoppage time. Katrina Gorry was prepared to receive the ball in the 91st minute as Jessie Flaming stomped on the foot inside the penalty box, but the referee swiftly stopped the play due to the confusion of everyone in the crowd who questioned the infraction. The referee checked the status of the foul, which was reviewed for a penalty, as Australia got it all in front of a sold-out crowd of 75,000 supporters in Melbourne. Steph Caitley steps up to kick the penalty shot and give Australia a 4-0 lead, with the fans roaring the excitement and delight of this fantastic match for a night to remember. Australia was able to win the match despite the absence of their Captain Sam Kerr, the top of Group B Table and managed a victory against Canada, which now gives the Matildas complete advantage of the playoffs, while Canada is ousted from the group stages alongside Ireland.
The match demonstrated that Australia, the host country, was known to display complete fan support that they can show power to soccer and have full of love which the squad managed a well-played performance without Sam Kerr. Australia, the host nation, finished first in Group B, ahead of Nigeria, and will face Denmark in the round of 16 on Monday, August 7th. The Matildas expressed their appreciation to all of the supporters who watched them play throughout the world for a significant win that demonstrated to the world that they can be one of the greatest teams in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.