#GoMatildas topped Twitter trends in Australia as a 1-1 draw with Sweden propelled the national women’s football team into the round of 16 in the World Cup in Canada. This followed a strong 2-0 victory over Nigeria and an encouraging 1-3 loss to the USA, who are the tournament favorites.
— FIFA Women'sWorldCup (@FIFAWWC) June 17, 2015
There was plenty of praise and high hopes online:
— Zoe Hara (@zoehara5) June 17, 2015
— Neveen Esho (@NeveenEsho) June 17, 2015
Not all Matildas supporters were completely happy with the result:
— Elena Wewer (@ElenaWewer) June 17, 2015
It was a very satisfying day for Aussie soccer. The men’s side @Socceroos defeated Kyrgyzstan 2-1 in a World Cup qualifying match:
— Socceroos (@Socceroos) June 16, 2015
— David (@gotosleepathome) June 17, 2015
— Para Sports News AUS (@AUS_ParaSports) June 16, 2015
Sarah K Wright managed a handful of emojis in her victory tweet for the Matildas:
— Sarah K Wright (@sarahkatewright) June 17, 2015
Given that Lisa De Vanna’s goal came in the first five minutes and Sofia Jakobsson provided the equaliser for Sweden in the 15th minute, Justin Civitillo’s had a long wait:
— Justin Civitillo (@JC_Kazama) June 17, 2015
Matilda’s coach Alen Stajcic let the players take the limelight:
“We're battle-hardened now. There's belief. Bring on Brazil.” -Alen Stajcic after #AUS finish 2nd in Group D. Carry no yellow cards too.
— Anthony DiCicco (@DiCiccoMethod) June 17, 2015
Australia’s next challenge is a big one – Brazil. Football website Outside90 offered some reassurance:
The Matildas have grown in confidence with every passing game and their maturity and patience in defence, their doggedness in midfield and the clinical and ferocious nature of their attack makes them a real contender to progress through the knockout stages of this tournament.