Sam Kerr of Matildas shares a kiss with his footballer girlfriend Kristie Mewis after Australia’s World Cup quarter-final win over France
- The Matildas won the quarterfinals on Saturday
- Sam Kerr celebrated the victory with his girlfriend
- The footballers have been dating for more than two years.
Matildas star Sam Kerr was photographed celebrating Australia’s incredible victory against France with his footballer girlfriend, Kristie Mewis.
Kerr, 29, hugged Mewis, who plays for the USA women’s team, after Matilda’s quarterfinal win at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.
Soccer’s power couple kissed and hugged as millions of Australians celebrated the happy ending to the thrilling semi-final.
Mewis was also seen supporting her girlfriend of over two years from the stands during Australia’s win over Denmark on Monday.
The Matildas won the grueling game against France 7–6 on penalties in the longest shootout in the tournament’s history.
Goalie Mackenzie Arnold made three saves before Cortnee Vine converted the game-winning shot to seal the quarterfinal win in front of a cheering 49,461 fans.
The Matildas will play England in the semi-final next Wednesday in Sydney.
Matildas star Sam Kerr (right) was pictured celebrating the team’s incredible victory with his footballer girlfriend, Kristie Mewis (left).
Kerr (centre) came on in the 55th minute of the game after picking up a calf injury on the eve of the World Cup opening game against Ireland.
Kerr has been battling a calf problem and skipped the first three games to recover from the injury he picked up on the eve of the opening game against Ireland.
The 28-year-old was not fit enough to start Saturday’s match, but came on in the 55th minute to replace Van Egmond.
Just a minute later, she surged forward and passed the ball to Hayley Raso, whose long-range shot was brilliantly denied by Peyraud-Magnin.
However, neither team could find a chance from there and the game went into overtime.
Despite the difficult game, Kerr smiled when he later hugged Mewis.
The couple have been dating since 2020, after being first introduced while playing for competing clubs in the US Women’s National Soccer League in 2019.
They spoke online for nearly four months during the 2020 Covid lockdown before spending two weeks in quarantine together, where they quickly fell in love.
The beloved couple confirmed that they met while playing for competing clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League in the US in 2020.
The soccer power couple was first photographed together in a friendly in Newcastle
The couple continued their romance in the run-up to the 2021 Olympics where, following the United States’ loss to Australia in the semifinals, they were pictured together.
Their on-court hug made headlines as Kerr’s breakup with his longtime ex-partner, fellow US club player Nikki Stanton, had yet to be made public.
Now, almost two years after their high-profile love affair, Kerr and Mewis have become one of football’s power couples and have made a conscious decision to stand ‘out and proud’ in both the gay and straight communities.
Their cross-country romance has also been widely documented on social media with both women amassing hundreds of thousands of followers.
Following Saturday’s historic victory, Kerr made it clear that Matildas wanted to “change soccer in this country forever” by excelling at the World Cup.
Arnold explained how much it means to the team to head to the World Cup semi-finals, admitting he was “speechless” with the result.
Kerr was seen hugging Mewis (above) after Matilda’s incredible quarterfinal victory.
Kerr (above) said the Matildas wanted to “change soccer in this country forever” by excelling at the World Cup.
‘I’m still processing this. I think it may take a couple of days, but we have a quick response, so I have to solve it very soon. Unreal. I’m speechless right now,’ she said.
‘I could have won the game for the girls, but they rallied around me and kept me in it.
‘At the end of the day, it’s my job to keep the ball out of the net and luckily I was able to do that.
‘Honestly, we all do it for each other. They backed me 100 percent.