Hosts Australia have reached the semi-finals for the first time in World Cup history.

The Socceroos won the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023 quarter-final against France 7-6 on penalties after a 0-0 draw at half-time and 120 minutes of extra time at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on 12 December at 4pm.

바카라사이트 It was Australia’s best-ever finish at a World Cup. The Socceroos have now qualified for eight consecutive World Cups and reached the quarter-finals three times. This is their fourth consecutive round of 16 appearance and fourth quarter-final, but the first time they have reached the last four.

The Socceroos will face the winner of England and Colombia in the semi-finals on 16 June with a chance to reach the final.

Meanwhile, four-time quarter-finalists France were looking to reach the last four for the first time in 12 years after the 2011 tournament in Germany, but were unable to escape the pitiful fate of penalties. It was their third consecutive quarter-final exit.

France drew 0-0 with Jamaica in the first of their three group games before beating France 2-1 and Panama 6-3. In the round of 16, they thrashed Morocco, who had beaten South Korea, 4-0 and were tipped as favourites. However, they failed to get past hosts Australia.

In the penalty shootout, France missed their first kicker, Selma Bacha. Diani, Lena and Sommer then converted before Sommer missed again. Australia’s second kicker Cattley missed and goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold also missed, sending the game into sudden death at 3-3.

The game remained tied at 3-3 until the ninth kicker of each side, France and Australia, both missed. France’s 10th kicker, Vicky Bechot, missed the target, while Australia’s Courtney Vine calmly converted to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

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