November 1, 2023

Matildas Olympic qualifiers LIVE updates: Fowler, Kerr and Yallop score as Australia leads 3-0 over Chinese Taipei

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Kerr, Yallop happy to score

Sam Kerr was very happy to score just before being subbed off.

Sam Kerr celebrates her goal.Credit: Getty Images

Kerr’s replacement, Tamika Yallop, was just as happy to join her captain on the scoresheet soon after coming on.

Tamika Yallop thanks Amy Sayer for the pass that led to her goal.Credit: Getty Images


GOAL: Yallop makes it 3-0

Tamika Yallop has scored her 13th goal for Australia while young forward Amy Sayer has an assist after scrambling to keep the ball in and crossing back to Yallop who scored from close range.

Great team work.

AUS 3, TPE 0 after 76 mins.


Fowler beams after goal

Mary Fowler hugs Cailtin Foord after Fowler’s goal against Chinese Taipei.Credit: Getty Images


GOAL: Kerr taps it in

Sam Kerr has yet another goal at home tapping home from pointblank range for a 2-0 lead.

There was a mix up between the defender and the keeper who couldn’t handle a low cross from Foord and Kerr was first to pounce.

Huge roar from her home fans, she has been subbed out too.

Kerr off, Tamika Yallop on. Job done.

AUS 2, TPE 0 after 68 mins.

Sam Kerr.Credit: Getty Images


Raso off, Amy Sayer on

Hayley Raso has been replaced with the Real Madrid now able to get a little rest before heading back to Spain.

Young attacker Amy Sayer is on in her place.

AUS 1, TPE 0 after 65 mins.


GOAL: Fowler smashes it into the top corner

Mary Fowler has cracked a strike into the top right corner to break the deadlock in Perth.

She hit it with the outside of her foot and it bolted into the top corner.

She knew it was good off the boot.

AUS 1, TPE 0 after 62 mins.

Mary Fowler.Credit: Getty Images


Still no goals

Credit to Taipei, they are holding solid at the back and forcing the Matildas to try and construct a chance – they are making some tough tackles too.

Fair play to them.

Charlie Grant has added some dash down the right side but no one on the Matildas has come up with a final ball to set up a goal.

AUS 0, TPE 0 after 57 minutes.

Clare Hunt of the Matildas takes control of the ball.Credit: Getty Images


Lydia Williams on for cap 103

Matildas veteran goal keeper Lydia Williams has replaced Mackenzie Arnold for the second half for her 103rd game for the national team.

Charlie Grant’s attacking run has been added out wide.

Second half is under way.


Kerr is the best player in Asia and second best in the world. What makes her so good?

By Emma Kemp

Matildas superstar Sam Kerr may have fallen just short of being named the best women’s player in the world, but she has been crowned the best women’s footballer in Asia for the second time.

A day after finishing as runner-up in voting for the Ballon d’Or Feminin, Kerr was named the Asian Football Confederation’s Player of the Year. She had previously been named the confederation’s best female player in 2017.

She becomes the third woman to claim the award more than once, joining Japanese duo Aya Miyama and Homare Sawa as a multiple title-holder.

“I just want to say what an amazing honour it is to win this award, especially up against some amazing finalists,” said Kerr, who was given the award ahead of China’s Zhang Linyang and Saki Kumagai from Japan, the 2019 winner.

Click here to read the story.


Kerr heads over the bar as half-time arrives

The Matildas have dominated every facet of this game but have yet to score.

Kerr just had the best chance of the half with a high ball falling to her close to goal but her leaping header went over the bar.

The goals will have to wait until the second half.

AUS 0, TPE 0 at half-time.

Clare Wheeler of the Matildas controls the ball away from Ting Chi of Chinese Taipei.Credit: Getty Images

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