Melbourne Rectangular Stadium hosted the huge Canada vs Australia clash on Monday. It was a must-win clash for both teams but Australia came out as the absolute favourites. The Matildas defeated Canada by 4-0 and finished as the top team in Group B. Hayley Raso scored a brace and then Fowler scored the third one in the second half. That was the moment when Canada lost their hopes completely. Australia were nearly perfect today while Canada were allowed only to keep the ball. Catley put the cherry on the top by converting the penalty in the 94th minute to make a statement before knocking Canada out of the competition. Nigeria played a draw in the other game. As a result, Australia finished top of Group B and enters the Round of 16 alongside Nigeria.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Canada vs Australia Live Blog
Australia XI: Sam Kerr starts on the bench.
Time for the National Anthems | 3:25 P.M.
The players are out of the tunnel. It is time for the anthems.
Canada vs Australia | Kick Off | 3:30 P.M.
The game is on. A very important match for both teams for qualification to the Round of 16.
Long throw from Canada | 6′
Riviere with her first long throw from the right. It’s towards Sinclair but Australia wins the second ball and clears it.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Canada vs Australia | 9′ | Goalllllll!!!.. for Australia
Raso scores the opener. VAR checked it for possible offside but it is given. Australia with the early lead against Canada.
Raso almost makes it two | 13′
Catley provided another superb low-centering ball to Raso. She times her run to perfection and fires off a controlled effort with her left foot that Sheridan does superbly to save on the line low to her left.
Canada are struggling | 17′
Raso is too quick and the front three of the Matildas, are continuously causing trouble to the Canadian backline.
Free kick | 22′
A long free-kick from deep finds Huitema at the far post but she can only glance her header wide.
Canada are improving | 24′
Canada are slowly backing themselves in this contest nicely. They are moving the ball at speed, dragging Australia around probing for a gap.
Canada haven’t produced anything yet | 28′
Australia haven’t gone forward in a while but they look dangerous when they do.
The Matildas are looking much more disciplined than their opposition | 33′
Canada are increasingly struggling to find a release ball out of defence. Australia’s forwards are pressing effectively and the midfield is disciplined.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Canada vs Australia | 34′ | 2nd Goalllllll!!!.. for Australia
Goal overtuned | 37′
The back heel of Ellie Carpenter was shown to be offside and Carpenter was adjudged to be interfering with play. She blocked the onrushing Buchanan when Fowler slammed home the finish. Very very marginal call.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Canada vs Australia | 39′ | 2nd Goalllllll!!!.. for Australia
This time, it’s clean. Raso doesn’t make mistakes on an opportunity like this.
Canada will have to climb Everest in the second half | 44′
If they want to qualify, they have to defeat the Matildas which is looking really tough now.
Added minutes | 45+2′
Seven minutes of VAR time is to be added on at the end of the half.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Canada (0) vs Australia (2) | Half-time
Australia are only 45 minutes away from entering the knockout stages. Raso was brilliant for the Matildas in the first half. Australia didn’t keep possession just like Japan and relied on the counters. Japan scored three in the first half against Spain while Australia scored twice and they took only three shots. All of them were in targets. Canada couldn’t produce anything and they suffered. Australia were clinical and that is the most important thing in a stage like this.
Canada vs Australia | Second half: Kick Off | 46′
Back underway in Melbourne. Four changes for Canada at half-time.
Australia on the attack | 51′
Australia’s first attack of the half is dangerous with Catley whipping over a dangerous low cross from the left, just out of reach of the diving Raso.
Canada are trying to get back into the match | 57′
A good attack from Leon down the left but the final outcome is not coming.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Canada vs Australia | 58′ | 3rd Goalllllll!!!.. for Australia
A superb counter-attacking goal from Fowler. Australia are now 3 goals ahead of Canada. It’s surely the end.
Canada player down | 63′
Leon, Canada’s brightest spark is down again after a challenge with Raso.
Hopeless Canada | 68′
Canada’s corner from the left doesn’t even clear the first defender.
Golden opportunity for Canada | 76′
The long ball is heaved into the box, Hunt doesn’t make a great headed clearance and the ball falls to Schmidt who takes a shot but the ball deflected over the bar.
Fowler hits the post | 80′
Fowler got the space but her left-footed fiery shot hits the post.
Substitution for Australia | 84′
Van Egmond is replaced by Clare Polkinghorne.
Excellent match from Cooney-Cross | 90′
Cooney-Cross delivers with her right foot but Sheridan punches clear.
Added time | 90+1′
Eight minutes of time added on.
Penalty for Australia | 90+3′
VAR is back in the action, and replays prove Gorry was clattered into by Fleming’s clumsy challenge centimeters inside the box.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Canada vs Australia | 90+4′ | 4th Goalllllll!!!.. for Australia
Australia’s stand-in skipper scores her second penalty of the tournament as the Matildas enter the Round of 16. A statement victory for the Aussies.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Canada (0) vs Australia (4) | Full-time
A perfect game from Australia. Their intentions were clear right from the start. They allowed Canada to keep the possession but didn’t allow to produce anything. The Matildas were so dangerous on counters and that caused trouble for Canada every single time. Nigeria played a draw in the other game. As a result, Australia finished top of Group B and enters the Round of 16 alongside Nigeria.