Teagan Micah penalty save after VAR decision
The Matildas are through to the Tokyo Olympics semi final after a scarcely-believable extra time win over Great Britain.
But the story was inches away from being a sour one for Australia and its star goalkeeper Teagan Micah who played the game of her life.
After Sam Kerr forced extra time with a headed equaliser, the Matildas were left stunned when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after an innocuous incident in the box.
Replays showed that Nikita Parris went down under little contact — if any at all — from
Ellie Carpenter, but VAR sensationally checked off the decision to the dismay of many.
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In commentary, Brenton Speed said: “Parris went down, the referee had a good long look at it and felt like Australia had infringed…
“Unless VAR overrules this — there is nothing in that surely?”
Fellow commentator and W-League star Georgia Yeoman-Dale added: “This is when should say to the referee, ‘Come and check it out on video and make sure you saw what you saw.’
“On first replay it looks like Carpenter has barely touched Parris.”
The referee, however, didn’t check any replays herself and let the penalty stand after a VAR check.
Thankfully for the Matildas, Micah was in sensational form on the night having already made two massive saves in the first half.
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She made a match-saving stop to her left to deny Caroline Weir and, less than three minutes later, teen gun Mary Fowler nailed a long-range stunner via a deflection to give the Matildas the lead.
It was a stunning team comeback, but Micah can take credit for two game-changing moments; first to hold out Team GB in the first half when the Matildas were under pressure, and again in the first half of extra time with her penalty save.
Micah, 23, has been a revelation at the Olympics after coach Tony Gustavsson made the bold decision to pick her over Arsenal goalkeeper and Matildas veteran Lydia Williams.
The Matildas next assignment is a rematch on Monday (9pm AEST) against Sweden, who beat Australia 4-2 in the group stage.
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