Australia 3-2 Brazil: Monica own goal gives Australia victory

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Australia came from two goals down to stun Brazil 3-2 in their Women’s World Cup clash in Montpellier.

Brazil had looked firmly in control when a penalty from returning striker Marta and header from Cristiane gave them a 2-0 lead.

But Caitlin Foord’s strike just before the break offered Australia hope and Chloe Logarzo’s cross-shot and an own goal from Monica completed a stunning turnaround. 

The Australia players celebrate after they took the lead courtesy of an own goal from Marta

The Australia players celebrate after they took the lead courtesy of an own goal from Marta

The Australia players celebrate after they took the lead courtesy of an own goal from Marta

Australia were delighted at the decision to award the goal, which saw them get their first win

Australia were delighted at the decision to award the goal, which saw them get their first win

Australia were delighted at the decision to award the goal, which saw them get their first win

Brazil goalkeeper Barbara is unable to prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net

Brazil goalkeeper Barbara is unable to prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net

Brazil goalkeeper Barbara is unable to prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net

Australia started the game on the front foot and felt they should been awarded a penalty after 20 minutes when Tameka Yallop went down under a challenge from Thaisa.

The decision was reviewed by the video assistant referee and, following a delay, was not given.

Brazil were awarded a spot-kick six minutes later after Elise Kellond-Knight pulled down Leticia Santos and Marta sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to open the scoring – her 16th goal in a World Cup finals.

The 33-year-old has now scored in five consecutive tournaments, starting in 2003.

Sam Kerr poked a shot goalwards as Australia looked to hit back, but Cristiane doubled Brazil’s lead in the 39th minute. 

Chloe Logarzo is congratulated by her team-mates after making it 2-2 to Australia

Chloe Logarzo is congratulated by her team-mates after making it 2-2 to Australia

Chloe Logarzo is congratulated by her team-mates after making it 2-2 to Australia

Cristiane celebrates after putting Brazil 2-1 in front in their clash against Australia

Cristiane celebrates after putting Brazil 2-1 in front in their clash against Australia

Cristiane celebrates after putting Brazil 2-1 in front in their clash against Australia

The veteran forward, who scored a hat-trick against Jamaica in their opening game, nodded in a cross from Debinha after good work from Tamires.

Brazil had not conceded a group stage goal since 2003 but that run ended in first-half injury time when Foord slid in at the back post from a Kerr flick to bring Australia back into the game.

Marta failed to appear for the second half but Brazil were straight onto the attack with Debinha sending a vicious effort wide.

Marta showed impressive composure to find the net from the penalty spot for Brazil

Marta showed impressive composure to find the net from the penalty spot for Brazil

Marta showed impressive composure to find the net from the penalty spot for Brazil

Caitlin Foord found the net in first half stoppage time as she managed to pull Australia level

Caitlin Foord found the net in first half stoppage time as she managed to pull Australia level

Caitlin Foord found the net in first half stoppage time as she managed to pull Australia level 

Australia's Ellie Carpenter competes for possession with Brazil's Cristiane

Australia's Ellie Carpenter competes for possession with Brazil's Cristiane

Australia’s Ellie Carpenter competes for possession with Brazil’s Cristiane

Australia levelled after 58 minutes when a cross into the area from Logarzo deceived goalkeeper Barbara with Kerr looking to pounce and found the bottom corner.

The comeback was complete in the 66th minute when a ball into the box looking for Kerr was headed into her own net by Monica.

The decision went to VAR, with Kerr in an offside position, but she was not deemed to be interfering with play and the goal stood.

Brazil failed to create any clear-cut chances as they went in search of an equaliser and Australia comfortably held on. 

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