Norway beat Australia on penalties
Published : Sunday, 23 June, 2019 at 10:03 AM Count : 284
Ingrid Systad Engen hit the winning penalty as Norway beat Australia 4-1 in a shootout in Nice to reach the Women's World Cup quarter-finals.
Isabell Herlovsen put Norway ahead before Australia were awarded a penalty which was overturned after a lengthy video assistant referee review.
Elise Kellond-Knight equalised from a corner before Australia's Alanna Kennedy was sent off in extra-time.
Australia captain Sam Kerr missed her penalty as Norway won through.
"Only big players can miss penalties, because small players don't take them," said Australia boss Ante Milicic when asked about Kerr's miss.
It is the first time since 2007 that Norway, who will meet either England or Cameroon in Le Havre on Thursday, have reached the last eight.
In an incident-packed game at Allianz Riviera, Norway took the lead through Herlovsen's clinical finish after Karina Saevik's defence-splitting pass before a moment of controversy.
German referee Riem Hussein pointed to the spot after the ball struck Chelsea defender Maria Thorisdottir as she attempted to clear.
Kerr placed the ball on the spot but there was a long delay before the decision was overturned, sparking celebrations among Norway's players.
Australia, aiming to reach the quarter-finals for a fourth successive World Cup, suffered further frustration when Kerr had the ball in the back of Norway's net in 60th minute - only for it to be ruled out for offside.
They were minutes from going out when Kellond-Knight's low, curling corner went through a sea of legs and straight into the net.
Australia appealed for a penalty deep into stoppage time at the end of normal time when Tameka Yallop went down inside the penalty area, while Hansen hit the post before extra time.
There was more drama to follow as Kennedy received the first straight red card of this tournament for hauling down Lisa-Marie Utland as the Norway substitute threatened to burst clean through on goal.
Australia keeper Williams produced outstanding saves to deny the impressive Hansen and Vilde Boe Risa, while Norway hit the woodwork a second time through Risa's attempt from 35 yards before the shootout.
"I don't know if there are any words to describe how I'm feeling but, more importantly, how the girls are feeling," added Milicic.
"I'm disappointed that I couldn't help them realise a dream that they've been waiting for for a long time. In the end I take full responsibility for that."