The wedding reception in Melbourne stops to celebrate Australia’s World Cup win over France, with the Matildas calling it “a night to remember” in more ways than one.
On Saturday, football-mad guests at a wedding in Melbourne interrupted their nuptial celebration to soak up Australia’s thrilling World Cup win over France.
A TikTok user with the Belle & Bruce account uploaded a clip showing a reception where many fans were hovering around a phone seconds before Cortnee Vine went home which turned out to be the winner of the penalty shootout in Brisbane.
Euphoric scenes followed as Australia headed to the semi-finals, where they will face England on Wednesday night in Sydney.
The video – complete with the caption – ‘POV: You are at the best wedding and the Matildas are in the World Cup semi-finals’ caught the attention of the Australian social media team.
They replied: “An unforgettable night! – and the video has since had nearly 40,000 views online.
Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold celebrates with her teammates after the Matildas beat France on penalties in the World Cup quarter-finals
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Australia have officially been swept up in World Cup fever as the nation seeks to win the tournament on home soil.
Hour hero Vine thinks the global game is finally about to take off on local shores.
“We are a footballing nation,” she said full-time. “The Australian public have really embraced us, it’s unbelievable.”
And although they are well aware that beating the Lionesses at Stadium Australia will send the fans into a frenzy, Tony Gustavsson’s side are determined to maintain their collective aim.
“We know we can make it to the final,” said veteran goalkeeper Lydia Williams.
Scenes from a Melbourne wedding reception after the Matildas bravely beat Les Bleues 7-6 on penalties
Sam Kerr (middle picture) will be a key figure against England in the World Cup semi-finals
Sam Kerr and Steph Catley (pictured middle) both play at their England soccer club for Chelsea and Arsenal respectively
“We are so proud of our country that we really don’t care about the other team in that kind of sense.
“So really for us it’s just another game.”
Kick-off is at 8 p.m. AEST on Wednesday evening, live on Channel 7.