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27 Jun 2015

The Matildas Lost To Japan But People Are Already Excited For 2019

Their Women's World Cup journey is over.

Australia lost to Japan 1-0 this morning, ending their Women's World Cup campaign.

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Australia was outplayed by a strong Japan side throughout the game, but managed to keep the score at 0-0 until just three minutes before the final whistle. A late goal from substitute Mana Iwabuchi sealed the match.


We feel you, Michelle Heyman.

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Speaking on SBS after the game, Elise Kellond-Knight said she was "absolutely shattered" but excited for the 2019 World Cup.

"I'm so proud of the girls. We fought till the end. We did make history and did win a knock-out game," she said.

"We've only had six months together really. Imagine another four years. So much potential."

The Matildas are a young team, with an average age of 24 and a half.

On social media, Australians expressed their disappointment for the Matildas – but shared Kellond-Knight's excitement for the years to come.

So much to be taken from this experience. Australia is so proud of @TheMatildas. This is just the beginning of a worldclass side #FIFAWWC 💛💚

Thank you @TheMatildas for a brilliant series and for making us so proud. You lift up our nation and inspire us all.

Tough luck @TheMatildas. #didusproud #WWC2015

man they gave everything and played so well this tournament and i am sad but proud and women’s sport is great

Bad luck @TheMatildas but congratulations on your history making achievements! You’ve made all Australians proud #AUSJPN

Devastation of @TheMatildas shows how much they wanted it and believed in themselves. Exciting future for women's football. #AUSJPN #FIFAWWC

Even though they lost, massive respect to #AUS in the #FIFAWWC. They really shocked a lot of people.

There is so much potential in this team. 2015 may not be our year but the world had better look out in 2019. #AUS #NeverSayDie #FIFAWWC

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