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Sam Kerr warns Australian women’s team critics after wild win

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Australia striker Sam Kerr fired a warning at her team’s fiercest critics just moments after the Matildas came from behind to beat Brazil 3-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Thursday.

A first-half goal from renowned player Marta was followed by a Cristiane header, giving Brazil a healthy two-goal advantage.

But had it not been for Caitlin Foord, Chloe Logarzo, and a controversial own goal from Monica in the 66th minute, Australia would have been down and out, eliminated from the tournament in France.

Read more: Brazil loses on devastating own goal after controversial offside review

The third goal attracted debate over whether Kerr was offside but a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) adjudged Kerr to not have impacted play, despite her offside position. The goal stood, Australia won and kept its World Cup hopes alive.

Group C is now wide open, with Brazil first and Australia third on three points after two matches played, while second place Italy, also with three points, have a match to play against Jamaica on Friday.

“I’m so proud of the girls,” Kerr said, shortly after the final whistle in a clip shared by the broadcaster and presenter Jacqui Oatley.

“We knew we were in it at half time. You know, there was a lot of critics talking about us, but we’re back, so suck on that one.”

Watch the clip below:

Australia plays Jamaica on June 18.

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