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Italy’s Bonansea sinks Aussies

Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 12:28 AM
Australia’s Steph Catley challenges Italy’s Barbara Bonansea (right) during their FIFA Women’s World Cup Group C match at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France, yesterday.
Australia’s Steph Catley challenges Italy’s Barbara Bonansea (right) during their FIFA Women’s World Cup Group C match at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France, yesterday.

VALENCIENNE, France (AP):

Barbara Bonansea scored twice, including the game-winner in stoppage time, as Italy upset Australia 2-1 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup (FWWC) yesterday.

Bonansea got past Australian captain Sam Kerr with a header that caught goalkeeper Lydia Williams off guard in the fifth minute of stoppage time. The Juventus player also had the equaliser in the 56th minute for the 15th-ranked Italians, who are making their first appearance in the FWWC since 1999.

Sam Kerr, playing in her third FWWC, scored her first-ever goal in the tournament in the 22nd minute for the sixth-ranked Matildas. She celebrated by punching the corner flag in a tribute to Australia football icon Tim Cahill.

The other game in Group C saw Cristiane scoring a hat-trick as Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz lost 3-0 to Brazil. In Group D, Nikita Parris and Ellen White scored for England in their 2-1 win over rivals Scotland, who had their consolation through Claire Emslie.