Lionesses’ unbeaten run ended by Matildas


England’s 30-match unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Australia on Tuesday night.

The Lionesses’ defensive lapses were capitalised on by the Matildas on a miserable evening at Brentford’s Gtech Community Stadium.

England tried to make the most of some early spells of possession, with Alessia Russo forcing West Ham’s Mackenzie Arnold into a save first up.

Before being substituted early on due to injury, Lauren Hemp proved to be a thorn in Australia’s side, continually getting at their defence and delivering teasing crosses towards Russo.

But Australia took the lead just after the half-hour mark. A long ball over the top looked as if it was going to be dealt with by Leah Williamson, but her header back to Mary Earps was intercepted by the almost inevitable Sam Kerr, and the Chelsea striker was able to dink it over the onrushing goalkeeper.

England sought to immediately wipe out Australia’s advantage, with Russo crossing for Ella Toone, but her effort was deflected behind.

Sarina Wiegman threw on Rachel Daly for Toone just after the break as England continued chipping away at Australia, only for the visitors to double their lead. Kerr’s cross to the back post was headed on by Katrina Gorry, and her header came off Williamson to beat Earps.

Australia held on to secure a statement win on the eve of their home World Cup, while England’s flaws came racing to the surface for the first time in a long while.



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