— With AAP.
The Matildas’ World Cup dream is over after a barnstorming and heartbreaking 1-1 (4-1) penalty shootout loss to Norway in their round of 16 clash.
After Isabell Herlovssen’s opener, Elise Kellond-Knight drew Australia level with a stunning 83rd minute equaliser direct from a corner.
The Matildas clung on for spot kicks despite Alanna Kennedy’s 104th-minute dismissal but Sam Kerr and Emily Gielnik botched their penalties for Australia’s worst World Cup result in 16 years.
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Caroline Graham Hansen, Guro Reiten, Maren Mjelde and Ingrid Syrstad Engen scored their spot kicks, with Steph Catley the sole Australian to net her effort.
While Australia took the threat of Norway, ranked six places below them at world No.12, it was never supposed to end this way.
After Kerr went close within the opening 30 seconds of the match, Norway struck a fine opener on 31 minutes when they exposed Australia’s weakness in transition.
Karina Saevik’s curling pass was just out of Steph Catley’s reach, allowing Herlovsen to race onto the ball and finish expertly past Williams at the near post.
The Matildas thought they had a lifeline as half-time loomed, when Maria Thorisdottir leant in to cushion Kerr’s bouncing cross, with referee Reim Hussein assessing it as brushing the defender’s arms and awarding a penalty.
Kerr had the ball on the spot, only for the decision to be reversed after a lengthy video assistant review.
We bow out of the World Cup on penalties.
— Matildas (@TheMatildas) June 22, 2019