EM – Captain Sam Kerr scores five in Australia’s 18-0 Asian Cup win over Indonesia

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The Group B match between the top and bottom ranked teams at the Mumbai Football Arena turned out to be completely one-sided as the 2010 champions scored at will against Indonesia

Published: Jan 21, 2022 8:26pm |

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MUMBAI: Captain Sam Kerr scored five goals for Australia’s first hat-trick of the tournament in Australia’s 18-0 win over defeated Indonesia here on Friday in the opening game of the Asian Women’s Cup.

The Chelsea -The star striker, who was recently named second in the FIFA Best Player Award, started the game one goal behind Tim Cahill in Australia’s all-time top scorer chart (male or female) and finished four clear overall from 54 in their 105. Match.

The Group B match between the highest and lowest ranked teams at the Mumbai Football Arena turned out to be completely one-sided as the 2010 champions scored at will against an Indonesian side, who are playing for the first time since 1989.

In another Group B game at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium, an 81st-minute goalkeeper howl by Thailand’s W Boonsing gave the Philippines a 1-0 win.

Chandler McDaniels shot from 20 yards saw Boonsing fail to save the ball as it trickled over the goal line.

Kerr, who finished third in this year’s prestigious Women’s Ballon d’Or award, was one of eight Matildas to receive her names on the scoresheet in beating Indonesia, Australia’s biggest win at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

Indonesia put on a brave defensive display in the opening minutes, but their resistance was broken when Emily van Egmond’s pass came up Kerr scored, scoring her 50th international goal after nine minutes.

That goal equaled Cahill’s record and Kerr broke it just two minutes later when another van Egmond pass gave the Australia captain a virtually unmissable sight of the goal made.

Kerr became the assist, scoring in the 14th minute with Caitlin Foord for Australia’s third goal before Mary Fowler struck three minutes later to give the Matildas a 5-0 lead g went when Raso bravely headed home in the 24th minute.

With Indonesia powerless against Australia’s pace and movement in 94th place, Kerr completed her hat-trick from the penalty spot just before a sensational 15-yard drive from Carpenter continued to increase the lead.

Eight quickly became nine as Kerr scored her fourth from just yards out, with van Egmond again providing the assist before van Egmond made nine himself with a smashing penalty at half-time shortly afterwards.

Head coach Tony Gustavsson made five changes to his 11th-placed team at the break, but little changed on the pitch, with Carpenter hitting double figures with a speculative long-distance performance before Kerr increased her individual tally to five and then the productive van Egmond set it up to make it 12-0 after a deflected header.

Van Egmond completed their hat-trick and made it 13-0 just before the hour mark Kerr missed a penalty.

Substitute Kyah Simon added to that before making it 16-0 in the 71st minute.

It was a game full of goals but Aivi Luik scored the best goal, when she superbly parried Australia’s 17th with a 78th-minute back-heel before Raso added the finishing touches to the competition’s biggest win in over 20 years.

However, the Philippines finally broke the deadlock in the 81st minute McDaniel when the striker’s 20-yard dash resulted in Boonsing failing to catch the ball as it trickled down the goal line.

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