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Australia should no longer accept 'honourable defeats'

Following two tense hours of football in Nice, the Matildas' hopes at the FIFA Women's World Cup rested upon Sam Kerr. And her alone.

"Only big players can miss penalties, because small ones don't take them," coach Ante Milicic said following Australia's penalty shootout defeat to Norway on Saturday. It's true.

That post-match comment from Milicic becomes rather conspicuous, though, bearing in mind two substitutions in the dying minutes of extra-time. Missed or converted, or if her effort was saved,...

No magic, only heartbreak in Australia's Women's World Cup loss to Norway

NICE, France -- The match had ended minutes earlier, but still no one moved. The once rowdy Australian crowd, which started the night swaying and singing "Waltzing Matilda," fell silent. Several Australian players sat on the field, heads in their hands. Others, after crossing the field to shake hands with their Norwegian opponents, walked dazedly toward the sideline, wiping tears from their eyes.

The Matildas' World Cup run was over.

"It's heartbreaking," forward Caitlin Foord said after...

Norway beat Australia on pens, reach last eight

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ESPN FC's Kate Markgraf breaks down where it all went wrong for Australia and how Norway were able to take advantage in their round of 16 clash.

Norway beat Australia 4-1 on penalties to reach the Women's World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2007 following a highly entertaining 1-1 draw after extra time on Saturday.

Norway's Isabell Herlovsen opened the scoring shortly after the half hour, but Elise Kellond-Knight's direct corner seven minutes from time sent the game into extra time -- during which Australia's Alanna Kennedy was sent off.

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