The Matildas, Australia's national women's soccer team, advanced to the semifinals of the 2023 Women's World Cup, following a penalty shootout win over France in the quarterfinal match, on August 12, played in Brisbane. In the game held on August 12 in Brisbane, both teams missed from the penalty spot, but France's four misses proved to be the costly ones, opening the way for the Matildas to achieve their first-ever medal in a Women's World Cup, making it a historic campaign.
During the 90 minutes of regulation time, both teams created chances in a tightly contested match. However, none of the teams could score a goal, resulting in extra time being played. Both teams had the opportunity to score, but the game remained tied after 120 minutes of play with no goals scored.
The game resulted in a penalty shootout that proved to be a tense and dramatic encounter. The match was settled after 20 spot kicks, with the Matildas ultimately winning 4-3. During the shootout, Lydia Williams made two crucial saves which kept the Matildas in the game, making her the hero of the match.
The Matildas' win means that they have advanced to the Women's World Cup semifinals for the first time in their history. In the next stage, the Matildas will face the winner of the England versus Colombia quarterfinal match held later that day.
The Matildas' win against France is a historic moment for Australian soccer, and a testimony to the hard work and determination of the team. This win also signifies the growing strength of women's soccer in Australia and serves as an inspiration for young girls across the country who dream of representing their nation on the global stage.