Australia’s marketing campaign on the 2019 FIFA Ladies’s World Cup is over after the Matildas had been bundled out of the Spherical of 16 following a penalty shootout loss to Norway.
Norway had been arguably the marginally higher facet and did a reasonably good job of shutting down Sam Kerr, however some key refereeing choices drew the ire of Australian followers on the floor and watching from dwelling.
A handball penalty Australia had initially been awarded was controversially taken again by VAR after a really prolonged assessment, whereas one other enchantment for handball within the field wasn’t referred to replay officers in any respect.
What actually bought Matildas followers going, nevertheless, was a straight crimson card proven to Alanna Kennedy for what appeared to be nothing greater than an innocuous problem.
However was that actually the total story? There’s little question Australia lowered their colors within the penalty shootout, whereas additionally squandering an enormous probability to attain within the first minute.
So, had been the Matildas actually robbed? Roar soccer skilled Mike Tuckerman analysed the sport with us on the Recreation of Codes podcast to work out simply how a lot was the fault of the officers and the way a lot the Matildas simply needed to put on.
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