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A rematch against Sweden on Monday night (9pm AEST) is the final hurdle between the Matildas and winning a guaranteed Olympic medal for Australia.

Never has the nation won a medal in football with both men’s and women’s sides never going further than the quarter-finals stage.

But the Matildas broke that drought in a remarkable win on Friday night to ensure it will at least play in a medal match.

Monday night will decide what colour they play for.

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Standing between the Matildas in Yokohama and a gold medal match is a formidable opponent in Sweden.

The Swedes haven’t lost a match all tournament, which has included a 4-2 win over Australia in the group stage.

Since then Australia drew to the USA in a cagey 0-0 affair, before downing Great Britain in a 4-3 extra time thriller for the ages on Friday.

As such, the Matildas have only won one match inside 90 minutes this Olympics campaign; a 2-1 win against New Zealand on July 21.

Reversing their result against Sweden last month would set up a final on Friday against the winner of United States or Canada.

That task, however, could be made that bit harder with news that star striker Sam Kerr is in doubt due to soreness and fatigue.

The Agereports that Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson is sweating on the fitness of Kerr, who scored braces against both Sweden and Great Britain, but is feeling the effects of four full games — including one that went to extra time — in nine days in oppressively hot and humid conditions.

Steph Catley, Ellie Carpenter, Tameka Yallop and Emily van Egmond have all battled that same toll.

“We have a couple of question marks, we are deep into the tournament,” Gustavsson said, according to the publication. “I want to be very clear… It’s not just about the starting line-up it’s about the finishing line-up.”

Rising star Mary Fowler is the most likely to replace Kerr, should the Matildas coaching staff decide she’s only fit enough for an impact role of the bench.

Elsewhere, Australia has no suspension or injury concerns heading into the semi-final.


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Jerome Boateng fined $2.9m for assaulting ex-partner, court case, football news 2021



Germany’s 2014 World Cup winner Jerome Boateng was on Thursday fined $AUD2.9 million by a court in Munich after being found guilty of assaulting his former partner three years ago.

The huge fine handed down by Munich regional court comes after Boateng was convicted of wilful bodily harm and insulting his former girlfriend, named as Sherin Senler.

After judge Kai Dingerdissen gave his verdict, Boateng hurried out of the courtroom, surrounded by bodyguards and drove off in a black SUV, which was pursued by photographers.

Prosecutor Stefanie Eckert had called for a suspended 18-month prison sentence and a fine of $2.4 million for what she described as a “toxic relationship”.

Boateng, 33, who signed for French club Lyon last week after a decade at Bayern Munich, attacked the mother of his twin daughters during a Caribbean holiday in 2018. The defender had earlier denied the allegations as he testified for almost two hours.

Earlier, the footballer’s ex-girlfriend had told the court how he punched her, causing her to lose her breath for a moment during a heated argument while on a luxury holiday.

Boateng (R) copped a huge fine. (Photo by Christof Stache/AFP)Source: AFP

The incident happened in the weeks after the World Cup in Russia, when Boateng was in the Germany squad which was knocked out in the group stage.

Tensions were said to be running high between the former couple, who disagreed over living arrangements as Boateng chased a high-profile transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, which never materialised.

The court in Munich heard how an argument broke out over a game of cards.

While giving evidence, Boateng’s former partner described how he “pressed against my eye with his thumb, bit me in the head and pulled me to the floor by my hair”. She said Boateng, who is 1.9m tall, repeatedly insulted her and hit her on the back with “one strong punch and several light punches. That’s when I lost my breath for a moment”.

Boateng and his ex-girlfriend are also locked in an ongoing legal dispute over custody of their twin daughters, who currently live with the footballer.

He is the latest footballer to appear in a high-profile court case. Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy is currently held in custody in the UK ahead of a potential trial on rape and sexual assault charges.

Boateng has enjoyed an illustrious career no the pitch. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/AFP)Source: AFP

The verdict in Munich is the latest tumultuous chapter in a turbulent year for Boateng.

His ex-girlfriend, influencer and model Kasia Lenhardt, was found dead in a Berlin flat in February while he was away playing for Bayern at the Club World Cup in Qatar.

He was immediately given permission to fly home after news of her death. The 25-year-old died six days after Boateng finished their relationship. He then gave details of the break-up during a frank interview with German newspaper Bild.

After making 363 appearances over 10 years at Bayern Munich, winning nine Bundesliga and two Champions League titles, Boateng’s contract was not extended when it expired in June. He has since joined Lyon.

He was a key part of the Germany squad which won a fourth World Cup crown in Brazil in 2014, but has not played for his country since being dropped by former national team coach Joachim Loew in March 2019.

Boateng still hopes to add to his 76 caps under Loew’s successor Hansi Flick, his former coach at Bayern Munich, who led the Bavarian giants to a treble of titles in 2019/20.

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