'No way' – Brazil handed questionable penalty against Australia
- September 11, 2019
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The South Americans were gifted a ‘soft’ spot-kick in the opening 45 minutes against the Matildas
Australian fans and former players have questioned a penalty awarded to Brazil in the first-half of their Women’s World Cup clash against the Matildas.
Brazilian attacker Santos went to ground in the 25th minute under pressure from Elise Kellond-Knight with VAR confirming the referee’s decision to award a spot-kick.
Marta would make no mistake from the spot to put the South Americans ahead with former Socceroo Tim Cahill leading calls on social media that questioned the penalty being awarded.
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Just before Brazil’s penalty, the Matildas were denied one of their own on VAR review with a handball in build-up ensuring no spot-kick was given.
Things would only get worse for Australia in the first-half as Cristiane doubled Brazil’s lead in the 38th minute.
The Matildas would grab a goal back before the break via Caitlin Foord with their World Cup campaign hanging by a thread.