Italy beats Australia 2-1 on Bonansea’s stoppage time goal

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Italy came from behind to do the unthinkable and seal their World Cup return with a famous 2-1 over one of the tournament favourites Australia, in Valenciennes.

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.

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Indecision from goalkeeper Lydia Williams under the ensuing cross then allowed Italy to head home their victor in the 95th minute.

Australia started the second half strong but it was Italy who hit back in the 56th minute, courtesy of a defensive error by Clare Polkinghorne. The forward meandered toward the middle of the box and slotted a shot while falling into the far corner. Chances for Kerr, mainly created by wingbacks Ellie Carpenter and Steph Catley, were few and far behind, and the Australians couldn't make their opportunities matter.

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"It's so wonderful. I hope we can qualify for the knockout stage because these two goals are meant to help us do just that".

The defeat represents a huge shock for Australia who must now simply beat Brazil on Thursday to have any chance of progressing, while Italy will nearly surely seal qualification with a victory over minnows Jamaica on the same day. She also scored in the 15th and 50th minutes for the Brazilians, who were playing without star Marta who was ruled out with a thigh injury.

Christiane recorded her next two goals in 14 minutes during the second half, including a breathtaking free kick in the 64th minute to clinch a solid opener for the Brazilians.

"In the first half, we didn't showcase our qualities".

England open their World Cup campaign with a Group D derby against Scotland in the day's late game.

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