‘We’re a team that never gives up’: Foord hails Matildas’ spirit
Stitched on the inside of the Matildas' specially designed jerseys are the words ‘Never Say Die’.
And it’s that team mantra that Caitlin Foord believes was the catalyst for Australia’s remarkable 3-2 win over Brazil on Friday morning (AEST) which has turned their 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign around.
Trailing 2-0 after 38 minutes, the Matildas were in danger of seeing their hopes of reaching the knockout stage take a serious hit before an incredible turnaround.
Foord pulled one back before the break, with Chloe Logarzo and a Monica own goal in the second-half completing a famous World Cup win.
“We knew what was on the line for us today. There was nothing in our mind that we were going to lose,” an ecstatic Foord said.
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“Even though we went down 2-0 we didn’t think we were ever going to lose.
“To come back and win shows we’re a team that is never going to give up.”
Deployed in a more attacking role against the South Americans than she had been in the opening match against Italy, Foord’s speed and direct running caused plenty of problems.
She showed her goal-poaching ability to sweep home Logarzo’s flicked header just before half-time, a goal which swung the momentum in Australia’s favour.
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“We felt on top the whole game but to get that [goal], it really helped going in to half-time,” Foord said.
“Obviously the two goals went in [for Brazil] but we had the majority of possession and we were creating a lot.
If anything, [trailing 2-0] was just annoying. But we didn’t stop believing in us and playing our style of football.
"We knew we had to stay patient and it was going to come.”
World Cup France 2019™ – Group C – Australia Matches
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Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 (AEST)
Venue: Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Kick-off: 5.00am AEST (9.00pm local time, Tuesday 18 June)
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