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Aussie goalkeeper Teagan Micah's penalty save sparked a crazy five-minute turnaround that saw the Matildas defeat Great Britain in a roller-coaster match in the women's football quarter-final.
Aussie superstar Sam Kerr equalised late in the match to send the game into extra-time after the Matildas and Great Britain finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.
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But in a controversial moment in the first half of extra-time, Great Britain were awarded a penalty for what appeared to be minimal contact in the box.
VAR didn't intervene, much to the shock of many, and Great Britain had the chance to go up in extra-time.
However, in what was a wild minute of football, Micah saved the penalty to her left.
The save sparked a quick counter-attack and the Matildas charged up the other end before 18-year-old Mary Fowler scored a wonder strike to send the Matildas ahead.
Football fans around the nation erupted in what was described as a 'rollercoaster' few moments.
— 7Olympics (@7olympics) July 30, 2021
Yessssssss what a goal. This game is unbelievable #matildas
— Damien Wright (@wrightmove6) July 30, 2021
— Kate O'Halloran (@Kate_ohalloran) July 30, 2021
— Matt Mullan (@MattyMullan) July 30, 2021
— Mitchell Bingemann (@Mitch_Hell) July 30, 2021
— Sam (@SammyA78) July 30, 2021
— Kieran Petrik-Bruce (@kizza2416) July 30, 2021
— Kate Salemme (@KateSalemme) July 30, 2021
— COVIDPete (@CovidPete) July 30, 2021
— Virginia Gordon 🦠 😷 🍸 (@chatsbury) July 30, 2021
— Cameron Bell (@CameronBell) July 30, 2021
This is the sort of electric show we expect from the Matildas. Now let us never speak of that last match ever again pic.twitter.com/BTMOiqLHzS
— Melanie Dinjaski (@MelanieDinjaski) July 30, 2021
— Mathew Thompson (@MathewJThompson) July 30, 2021
— Chanel (@princesschxnel) July 30, 2021
Moment later, Kerr scored her second to give the Matildas a remarkable 4-2 lead with 15 minutes to go.
Great Britain piled on the pressure and scored one back through a brilliant strike from superstar Ellen White.
But, a tired Matildas outfit held on to send fans around the nation into raptures.
Matildas fans fume over 'pathetic' penalty controversy
One moment that had fans fuming was the penalty awarded to Great Britain.
Fans were left wondering why VAR didn't intervene when it appeared little contact was made in the box.
Yeah! Great goal Matildas but ya got that lying on the ground to that penalty like ya were beaten to a pulp down pat. Pathetic! #Tokyo2020
— MLo (@MLoParis) July 30, 2021
— Kangarubick_LFC (@Griml3xx) July 30, 2021
#Matildas doing well, the referee got the penalty call horribly wrong and what a save from the keeper and that shot for 3rd goal was brilliantly executed, cool and collected with the control.
— Abdirizak Hassan (@zackab3) July 30, 2021
After an appalling penalty decision, that is quite a turnaround from the Matildas in the QF vs GB. Penalty saved and then a goal up the other end a minute later ☺️🇦🇺 #Tokyo2020
— Andrew Ryan (@The_Ryanhorse) July 30, 2021
The Matildas will now play Sweden in the semi-final, having lost to them in the group stages 4-2
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