Chile Stun Matildas 3-2 In Front Of Sold Out Crowd
The Australian women's national team have suffered a rare home defeat to Chile, who have secured a 3-2 smash-and-grab win in their international friendly in Sydney.
Emily van Egmond put Australia ahead on Saturday afternoon with a penalty on nine minutes and the in-form Aussies seemed on their way in front of a Matildas' Sydney record crowd of 15,185 at Penrith Stadium.
The home side dominated the first half, forcing Christiane Endler into a string of saves, notably from Sam Kerr and Tameka Butt.
But Francisco Lara capitalised on some self-inflicted defensive chaos with a smart long-range strike to draw world No.39 Chile level midway through the first half.
The situation worsened for the Matildas almost immediately after the break, as Australia failed to clear a free kick and Carla Guerrero steered home as Elise Kellond-Knight just failed to clear on the line.
Australia's domination dissipated and the match turned into a stop-start affair with limited sights of goal and Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams barely touching the ball.
Kerr hit the post late with a header and substitute Katrina Gorry should have drawn the Matildas level with only the goalkeeper to beat, but Yesenia Huenteo broke away to score the sealer for Chile.
Van Egmond scored her second from the penalty spot with virtually the last kick of the match after the referee deemed Kerr had been upended.