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Australia versus Japan: Sam Kerr goal helps Matildas end Japanese hex

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THE eight-year Japanese big tournament hex was finally broken by a goal from world-class Matildas superstar Sam Kerr but in an incredible scenario both teams walked off smiling.

With Kerr’s goal being enough for both teams to qualify for the World Cup the game turned farcical.

Both teams refused to get the ball forward due to the rewards for the 1-1 draw at Amman Stadium on Saturday (EST).

After Japan beat Australia in the 2014 Asian Cup final in Vietnam and eliminated the Matildas from the 2015 FIFA World Cup quarter-final in Canada it looked like the Japanese were about to break Australian hearts again.

Samantha May Kerr of Australia kicks the ball under pressure from Muzuho Sakaguchi (L) and Nana Ichise (R) of Japan during the AFC Women's Asian Cup Group B match between Japan and Australia.
Samantha May Kerr of Australia kicks the ball under pressure from Muzuho Sakaguchi (L) and Nana Ichise (R) of Japan during the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Group B match between Japan and Australia.Source: Getty Images

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