Who do the Matildas play in the World Cup semifinals? When is the game? And where will it be played? All your questions answered
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The Matildas are through to the Women’s World Cup semifinals for the first time after beating France (0-0) 7-6 on penalties.
Mackenzie Arnold made three saves before Cortnee Vine converted the winning penalty to seal the quarterfinal victory in the longest shootout in tournament history in front of a screaming 49,461 fans at Suncorp Stadium.
Matildas goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold was named player of the match after her heroism in the penalty shootout by making three saves.
A brilliant one-handed dive save by Arnold in the 107th minute after a deflected shot from 19-year-old French forward Vicki Becho was also crucial.
“I’ve been trying to collect my thoughts and realized what just happened, and it’s still taking me a bit,” Arnold told Channel 7.
“I think it’s going to take a couple of days, but it’s a quick turnaround.
“I think maybe we’ll have tonight to celebrate it and then tomorrow we’ll review it and move on to the next game.”
Matildas goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold was player of the match, while Sam Kerr made a big impact coming off the bench while recovering from a calf injury.
The Matildas have reached the semifinals of a World Cup for the first time in history after enduring France
The winner of Saturday’s match between England and Colombia will face Australia in Sydney on Wednesday night
It was the third straight game the Matildas had kept their opposition to zero and their 13th win in 15 games.
So what happens next for the historical Matildas?
The Matildas will play either England or Colombia, who meet later on Saturday, in next Wednesday’s semi-final at Sydney’s Stadium Australia.
Kick-off will be at 8:00pm AEST, which means viewers in South Australia and Northern Territory need to tune in at 7:30pm and fans in Western Australia can watch the game live from 6: 00 pm
No matter their opposition, Matildas can expect a tough challenge.
Colombia has been a true underdog story and advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating Jamaica, with Catalina Usme scoring the only goal of the game.
England’s Lionesses have already taken one underdog, surviving 120 minutes of football to finally end the resistance of Nigeria’s Super Falcons on penalties.
The semi-final will be televised live on Channel 7 and its Australian resident streaming service.
“For soccer in this country it’s huge,” former Matildas star Amy Chapman said.
This year’s Women’s World Cup final will take place on Sunday, August 20.
The start is scheduled for 11am BST (8pm AEST/ 7:30pm ACST).
The final will take place at the Australia Stadium in Sydney, which has a capacity for 70,000 spectators.