Matildas’ World Cup seeding at risk after rare home loss to Chile | Football
The Australian girls’s nationwide workforce have suffered a rare home defeat to Chile, who’ve secured a Three-2 smash-and-grab win of their world pleasant in Sydney.
Emily van Egmond put Australia forward on Saturday afternoon with a penalty on 9 mins and the in-form Aussies appeared on their approach in entrance of a Matildas’ Sydney document crowd of 15,185 at Penrith Stadium.
The home facet ruled the primary part, forcing Christiane Endler right into a string of saves, significantly from Sam Kerr and Tameka Butt.
But Francisco Lara capitalised on some self-inflicted defensive chaos with a sensible long-range strike to draw global No 39 Chile degree halfway during the first part.
The state of affairs worsened for the Matildas nearly straight away after the smash, as Australia failed to transparent a unfastened kick and Carla Guerrero prompt home as Elise Kellond-Knight simply failed to transparent at the line.
Australia’s domination dissipated right through the second one part and the fit was a stop-start affair with restricted attractions of function and Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams slightly touching the ball.
Kerr hit the put up overdue with a header and change Katrina Gorry must have drawn the Matildas degree with best the goalkeeper to beat, however Yesenia Huenteo broke away to rating the sealer for Chile.
Van Egmond scored her 2d from the penalty spot with just about the final kick of the fit after the referee deemed Kerr were upended.
The consequence may jeopardise the Matildas’ hopes of closing a top-six ranked country and subsequently heading off the highest international locations, recently above them within the ratings, right through the crowd level of subsequent June’s World Cup in France.
The Matildas will tackle Chile once more on Tuesday night time in Newcastle.