Published: Wed, June 12, 2019

Italy upset Australia with Bonansea double

Italy upset Australia with Bonansea double

Chloe Logarzo twice nearly headed in as Australia pushed for a second goal, but underdog Italy leveled in the 56th minute when Bonansea pounced as defender Clare Polkinghorne carelessly let the ball run under her feet and into the path of the striker.

At the previous three World Cup tournaments, Australia's national women's soccer team, the Matildas, reached the quarter finals - far outshining the record of the men.

Brazil rank first in group C while Italy come second on goal different.

Nonetheless, Italy kept their composure and managed to restore parity four minutes before the hour-mark, when Bonansea caught the Aussie's backline red-handed, and with a superb solo effort managed to net Italy's first World Cup goal in 20 years.

Kerr has scored 32 times at the global level, already tied for fourth all-time in Australian history, and the 25-year-old figures to smash Lisa De Vanna's record of 47 by the time she's through.

"We will always build up from the back".


"In the end I still think we could have done things a little bit better when we did have the ball".

"Maybe that's just the Australian way. So we will stare it straight in the eyes and we will go for it".

Bonansea broke free of the high defensive line, poking the ball between goalkeeper Lydia Williams' legs and into the net, only to be deemed offside after a long review.

After being brought down by Italy's Sara Gama, the NWSL and W-League top goal scorer slotted home after her penalty was initially saved by Laura Giulani.

But Italy continued to push on and grabbed an equaliser in the 56th minute through Bonansea again. Her loose touch gifted Bonansea possession in a unsafe area.

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