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Australia looked shocked at the end of the game, they appeared to be in control of the game and had plenty of chances in the second half to wrap up the victory, but some poor defending saw Italy clinch all three points and move top of Group C.
Italy complete a terrific comeback to beat Australia 2-1 in their opening World Cup game, with a 94th minute winning goal. Australia led 1-0 at the break, but Italy came out fighting in the second half and caused their opponents a lot of problems. Bonansea took advantage of a mistake from Polkinghorne at the back, to break through on goal and pull Italy level, she then scored the winning goal in stoppage time. Great finish to the game.
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FULL-TIME: AUSTRALIA 1-2 ITALY
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Cernoia whipped the ball into the box, straight onto the head of Bonansea.
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GOOOAAALLL! Italy have surely won it now, they lead 2-1! Bonansea again with the goal. The free-kick is whipped deep into the box and Bonansea manages to rise above Kerr and head the ball into the back of the net. Williams tried to punch it clear, but missed the ball and it left an open goal for Bonansea to aim at.
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Free-kick to Italy late on, a good position to get the ball into the box. Can they steal victory late on?
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Can Italy survive this late Australia push? They have everyone back inside their own half defending.
There will be a minimum of FIVE minutes added time played.
Italy have got into some excellent positions today, but have been caught offside on numerous occasions, just making their runs too early.
Australia are really going for it now, they are pushing everyone forward in search of a late winning goal and are currently camped inside the Italy half.
De Vanna is now making her 14th appearance at the World Cup, at least two more apps than any other Australian player.
Australia make their third and final substitution Yallop coming off and she has been replaced by Kellond-Knight.
GOAL RULED OUT! Sabatino is totally unmarked at the far post after some poor defending by Australia, she strikes the post with her first effort but then converts the rebound from close range. The flag goes up for offside straight away and it's a good decision by the officials, Sabatino was just offside.
ALMOST! Kennedy goes close to scoring an own goal after trying to block an Italian shot, but luckily Williams manages to pounce on the ball before it goes over the line.
Italy are putting Australia under some good pressure at the moment, they've forced their opponents to get everyone back behind the ball to defend.
Italy make their third and final substitution, with Bergamaschi coming off and she has been replaced by Giacinti.
L. De Vanna
De Vanna loses her footing as she sprints forward and ends up colliding with an Italian player. The referee deems it to be a dangerous challenge and shows her a yellow card.
Kerr is yet to touch the ball in the Italy penalty area this half, she hasn't been able to be involved too much, with the Italian defence marking her well.
It's very open at the moment and this game could go either way as both teams are pushing players forward in search of another goal, but it is leaving them exposed at the back on the counter.
Another VAR check, this time for a possible handball and penalty to Italy, the referee initially waved away the apppeals from the Italians, but VAR is just going to make sure. Nothing given.
Another Australia substitution, with Raso replaced by Gorry.
Another Italian player is booked, this time is it Cernoia.
OFFSIDE! Huge chance for Kerr and she should be scoring from close range, but she puts the ball over the crossbar and onto the top of the net. However, the flag is up for offside.
Bonansea's goal for Italy was their first at the Women's World Cup since June 27th 1999 against Mexico. This gap of 7287 days is the longest between two goals by a single team in the tournament's history.
Not too far away! Kennedy rises highest at a corner and powers her header into the ground, but it flies just wide of the post.
Girelli is booked after she clatters into the back of Yallop.
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Australia make their first substitution of the game, with Logarzo heading off the pitch and she has been replaced by De Vanna.
Italy look full of confidence now and they are starting to rock the Australian defence who look shaky after the goal.
Italy make their second change of the game, with Mauro coming off and she has been replaced by Sabatino.
GOOOAAALLL! Italy are level after a mistake from Polkinghorne and Bonansea scores to make it 1-1! There didn't seem to be any pressure on the Australia defence, but Polkinghorne took a heavy touch and Bonansea nicked it off her toes, she then sprints through on goal with just Williams to beat and slides the ball into the bottom corner.
SAVE! Great stop by Giulliani to stop Foord from making it 2-0. Carpenter got forward on the overlap and whipped a dangerous low ball into the box, which finds Foord at the far post. She drills a shot towards the bottom corner, but it's straight at Giulliani who makes a strong save.
Australia have been knocked out of the Women’s World Cup at the Quarter-Final stage in each of the last three tournaments; this after being eliminated and failing to win a game in every one of their first three appearances in the tournament (1995, 1999 & 2003).
Stoppage in play here as Italy have two players down injured inside the Australia half, both are now receiving some medical treatment.
Australia are continuing to dominate possession, just like they did at the end of the first half. However, Italy are pressing high up the pitch and not allowing them much time or space to play out from the back.
The second half is underway!
Italy made a substitution at half-time ahead of the second half, with Galli replaced by Bartoli.
Italy looked frustrated as the half went on, unable to get on the ball much due to Australia's dominance in possession. However, this game still could go either way and it looks like there might be a few more goals here.
Australia lead 1-0 at the break, with Kerr's first World Cup goal breaking the deadlock midway through the half. Gama dragged Kerr down in the penalty area and the referee awarded Australia a penalty, which Giulliani saved, but Kerr fired home the rebound from close range. Italy had a goal disallowed early on for offside after a VAR check and had a couple more chances, but Williams made some good saves. Logarzo went closest to doubling the lead for Australia, with a free header late on.
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HALF-TIME: AUSTRALIA 1-0 ITALY
There will be a minimum of two minutes added time played at the end of the first half.
Italy are pressing high, but just can't seem to win the ball back and they is frustrating a few of their players. They are giving away a few too many cheap free-kicks.
Australia appear content to just keep the ball in the middle of the pitch and see the game out to half time now, with Italy unable to get a touch on the ball.
There's not long left on the clock until the break now, can Italy draw level before the half-time whistle?
CHANCE! Logarzo with a superb opportunity to double Australia's lead. Great counter by Australia, with Raso breaking free down the right, she whips the ball into the box which Logarzo meets and powers a header towards goal, but Giulliani makes a good save.
Kerr's goal is her 32nd for her country - only Cheryl Salisbury (38), Kate Gill (41) and De Vanna (47) has netted more International goals for Australia.
Brief stoppage in play as Williams receives some medical treatment following the save, as the ball appeared to strike her in the face. But it looks like she will be fine to continue.
GREAT SAVE! Williams with a superb save to deny Girelli the equalising goal from close range. The ball is whipped towards the far post and beats all of the Australia defenders, but Girelli can only fire the ball straight at Williams. The offside flag has also gone up, so it wouldn't have counted anyway.
Australia look really dangerous at the moment, they are dominating possession and are stretching the Italian defence with their pace in attack.
OFF THE BAR! Australia take a corner short and lay it out to Van Egmond on the edge of the box, who tries to chip the ball towards the far post but she ends up striking the crossbar!
Terrific run in behind from Kerr, she sprints past the Italian defence and then tries to square the ball back across goal to a teammate, but Gama gets back and makes the block.
Italy are making their third appearance at the Women’s World Cup and their first since 1999 when they failed to make it out of their group comprising of Germany, Mexico and eventual third placed; Brazil.
GOOOAAALLL! Kerr scores from the rebound! The ball fell perfectly back into the path of Kerr, who slotted the ball into the opposite corner of the net, to score her first ever World Cup goal and put Australia 1-0 up.
Kerr sends the ball to the keepers left and it isn't close enough to the corner, so the keeper manages to make a good save, but she can't stop the ball from spilling straight back into the path of the Australia skipper.
Giuliani dives the right way and manages to save Kerr's penalty, but the rebound falls straight back to the striker...
Gama is shown the first yellow card of the game, for her foul on Kerr in the penalty area.
AUSTRALIA PENALTY! Gama has her hands all over Kerr as a cross comes into the box and brings the striker down to the ground, the referee immediately points to the spot.
Not too far away! Italy clear the initial ball into the box, but a low shot is the fired towards the bottom corner and Raso is just inches away from getting a touch to it, which would turn it goalwards. Luckily for Italy she can't quite get to it.
Raso wins Australia a free-kick deep down the right wing, after Guagni clatters into the back of the winger. Good opportunity for Australia to get players into the box and cause some problems.
Italy win their first corner of the game, it's a good ball into the box but Williams does well to punch it away from immediate danger.
The pace of the game has dropped slightly in the last few minutes since the disallowed goal, but it's still Australia who are seeing more of the ball but are unable to create anything in the final third at the moment.
Australia have won four of their last nine Group Stage games losing just twice (D3), this after failing to win any of their first nine World Cup Group Stage games (D2 L7).
After a long delay we have the decision that Bonansea was offside and the goal is ruled out!
VAR CHECK! Bonansea has the ball in the back of the net after she sprints all the way from the halfway line, the officials allowed play to continue and the winger manages to hold off the Australian defence and then slot the ball underneath Williams in goal. It's very tight.
There is a great pace to the game in these early stages, with both teams pushing forward in search of an early goal. Australia just edging the possession charts.
CHANCE! Italy now with their first opportunity of the game. Mauro beats the offside trap and sprints through on goal at a tight angle, she drills a low shot towards goal, but Williams gets down well and makes a good save.
CLOSE! Kerr again gets into a good position as a deep cross is whipped into the box from the left, she turns and lashes a shot towards goal, but she gets too much on it and the ball flies high over the crossbar. She should be getting it on target from there.
Almost! Kerr gets into a great position on the edge of the box as Foord whips a ball in behind to the striker, but the keeper gets their first and her punch strikes Kerr and bounces dangerously back towards the goal but it flies high over the crossbar. It wouldn't have counted anyway as Kerr was in an offside position.
The teams are out on the pitch and the national anthems are underway, kick-off is just a few minutes away. Stay tuned for all of the match action!
Kerr captains Australia today and she is their biggest goal threat, with 23 goals in her last 22 international appearances, but she's never scored in a World Cup. Meanwhile Italy have left Giacinti, the top scorer in last season's Women's Serie A on the bench, with Girelli and Mauro leading the line.
ITALY SUBS: Annamaria Serturini, Alice Parisi, Stefania Tarenzi, Elisa Bartoli, Valentina Giacinti, Rosalia Pipitone, Lisa Boattin, Martina Rosucci, Linda Tucceri Cimini, Chiara Marchitelli, Daniela Sabatino, Laura Fusetti.
ITALY (4-4-2): Laura Giulliani; Aila Guagni, Valentina Bergamaschi, Elena Linari, Sara Gama; Valentina Cernoia, Manuela Giugliano, Aurora Galli, Barbara Bonansea; Cristiana Girelli, Ilaria Mauro.
AUSTRALIA SUBS: Karly Roestbakken, Katrina Gorry, Amy Harrison, Teigen Allen, Emily Gielnik, Aivi Luik, Gema Simon, Elise Kellond-Knight, Mackenzie Arnold, Mary Fowler, Teagan Micah, Lisa De Vanna.
AUSTRALIA (4-1-4-1): Lydia Williams; Ellie Carpenter, Alanna Kennedy, Clare Polkinghorne, Stephanie Catley; Emily Van Egmond; Hayley Raso, Tameka Yallop, Caitlin Foord, Chloe Logarzo; Sam Kerr.
Italy won their UEFA Qualifying group to reach this World Cup, winning seven of their eight games and losing only to Belgium in their last game having already secured qualification. They are unbeaten in 2019, winning seven of their nine games in all competitions and drawing the other two.
Australia have made the quarter-finals of the World Cup at their last three tournaments, but hopes will be high that they can go further this year. However, they haven't won a game outside of Australia in the last 10 months and have conceded eight goals in their past two games.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Group C Women's World Cup clash between Australia and Italy.