Tokyo Olympics: Heartbreak for Britain as they lose to Australia in women’s football

Heartbreak for Great Britain as they lose extra time to Australia in the Olympic football quarter-final, with Mary Fowler scoring the Aussies’ third goal just 82 SECONDS after Caroline Weir’s penalty was saved

  • Great Britain beat Australia 4-3 after extra time in Olympic quarters
  • Australia led in the 35th minute through Alanna Kennedy’s opening goal
  • In-form Ellen White headlined Team GB level at 57 minutes and scored again
  • Great Britain were seconds away from the semi-finals but Sam Kerr tied the score late
  • Caroline Weir then saw a penalty saved by Teagan Micah in extra time
  • 82 seconds later Australia broke downfield to score courtesy of Mary Fowler
  • Kerr scored another and Great Britain couldn’t come back despite another white goal

Where do you actually start? Ellen White’s hat-trick? Caroline Weir’s missed extra-time penalty? Mary Fowler’s Deflected Long Range Screamer?

Unfortunately it makes little difference. Team GB is out of the Olympics on a dramatic night when they just couldn’t waltz past the Matildas.

Hege Riise’s side was one minute away from the semi-finals. A minute. White’s deadly backing in the second half had wiped out Alanna Kennedy’s opener in the first half and while it had been an awkward night, a win was a win.

It was a joy for Australia as they beat Great Britain after extra time in an epic quarter-final

It was a joy for Australia as they beat Great Britain after extra time in an epic quarter-final

Caroline Weir saw an extra time penalty saved by Teagan Micah when GB was denied

Caroline Weir saw an extra time penalty saved by Teagan Micah when GB was denied

Caroline Weir saw an extra time penalty saved by Teagan Micah when GB was denied

Australia broke downfield and Mary Fowler's deflected shot made it 3-2 just 82 seconds later

Australia broke downfield and Mary Fowler's deflected shot made it 3-2 just 82 seconds later

Australia broke downfield and Mary Fowler’s deflected shot made it 3-2 just 82 seconds later

But Chelsea’s Sam Kerr, one of the world’s best, inexplicably got Kashima’s freedom from a deep ball. She took her time, hammered home and took it into extra time.

Even then this should not have happened. A soft penalty decision gave Caroline Weir the chance to give Great Britain the lead, but her kick was saved comfortably by Teagan Micah and within two minutes teenage sub Fowler had struck, albeit with Bronze’s help.

The head fell and not long after the start of the second period, Kerr made it 4-2 with a fine header.

Australia celebrates after Sam Kerr's late goal forced the quarter-finals into extra time

Australia celebrates after Sam Kerr's late goal forced the quarter-finals into extra time

Australia celebrates after Sam Kerr’s late goal forced the quarter-finals into extra time

Ellen White's second goal sparked wild celebrations for the Great Britain squad

Ellen White's second goal sparked wild celebrations for the Great Britain squad

Ellen White’s second goal sparked wild celebrations for the Great Britain squad

White was in sensational form at the Olympics and she pulled the level of Great Britain

White was in sensational form at the Olympics and she pulled the level of Great Britain

White was in sensational form at the Olympics and she pulled the level of Great Britain

The Manchester City attacker is in the air to reach the level of Great Britain in the second half

The Manchester City attacker is in the air and heads Great Britain in the second half

The Manchester City attacker is in the air and heads Great Britain in the second half

There was hope when submarine Fran Kirby crossed over and White nodded in her third. However, five minutes before the equalizer was not enough.

A tournament that had promised so much was left in ruins. This was a sad ending.

With white shooting and the defense looking stingy, Riise had high hopes for a squad that seemed to be getting better and better.

But this can be labeled as nothing but a huge disappointment. The wait for a medal continues.

Alanna Kennedy scored Australia's opening goal at 35 minutes at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium

Alanna Kennedy scored Australia's opening goal at 35 minutes at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium

Alanna Kennedy scored Australia’s opening goal at 35 minutes at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium

Kennedy takes to the grass to celebrate her opening goal with her Australian teammates

Kennedy takes to the grass to celebrate her opening goal with her Australian teammates

Kennedy takes to the grass to celebrate her opening goal with her Australian teammates

Match Facts

Great Britain (4-2-3-1): roebuck; Bronze (Stanway 112), Houghton (c), Williamson, Stokes (Bright 57); Walsh (Ingle 97), Weir; Daly (Kirby 57), Little (Scott 80), Hemp (Parris 96); white

Replacement not used: Telford (GK) Trainer: Hege Riise

Scorer: White 57, 66, 115 Missed penalty: Weir 101

Booked: Bronze, Stanway

Australia (3-4-3): Micah; Carpenter, Kennedy, Liège (Gielnik 80); Raso (Logarzo 88), Van Egmond, Yallop, Catley; Simon (Fowler 80), Kerr (c), Foord (Cooney-Cross 80 (Polkinghorne 108))

Substitutes not used: Williams (GK); brock Trainer: Tony Gustavsson

Scorers: Kennedy 35; Kerr 89, 106; Fowler 103 Booked: Kerr, Simon

Referee: Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)

Lauren Hemp from Great Britain tries to beat Hayley Raso from Australia

Lauren Hemp from Great Britain tries to beat Hayley Raso from Australia

Lauren Hemp from Great Britain tries to beat Hayley Raso from Australia

Keira Walsh controls the ball under pressure from Australian Kyah Simon during the match

Keira Walsh controls the ball under pressure from Australian Kyah Simon during the match

Keira Walsh controls the ball under pressure from Australian Kyah Simon during the match

Australia's Ellie Carpenter fights for possession with Britain's Rachel Daly

Australia's Ellie Carpenter fights for possession with Britain's Rachel Daly

Australia’s Ellie Carpenter fights for possession with Britain’s Rachel Daly

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