Matildas upset Brazil in injury time

June 19, 2008

The Australian women's soccer team has scored a memorable 1-0 win against 2007 World Cup runners-up Brazil after an injury time strike from teenager Kyah Simon.

The 16-year-old scored the dramatic goal in the dying seconds of the 2008 Peace Cup match, earning a small level of solace after the Brazilians ended the Matildas' run at the quarter final stage of last year's World Cup.

Brazil hit the crossbar in the first half with Australian skipper Cheryl Salisbury doing likewise on the hour mark in what was a tight contest throughout.

It wasn't enough to secure the Matildas a spot in the final though after the world No.1 US team defeated Italy 2-0 in the late match.

The Americans now meet Canada in Sunday's final.

But for Australia, it was a result worth celebrating after a tough couple of months that included a disappointing fourth placing at the Asian Cup.

"It was a superb performance from the team and a great way to finish the tournament," said coach Tom Sermanni.

"We have now had ten tough matches in the last month and have been on the road for a long time but this match once again shows the character and ability of our team.

"Brazil gave us a tough game as expected, they are quick and very aware in a football sense, but they are also physically strong and resilient.

"That we managed to keep a clean sheet is a bonus.

"We have beaten one of the best teams in the world, and this is a great milestone in our rebuilding stage towards our next major tournaments."