The Australian Women’s National Team has claimed their first-ever Asian Cup after defeating defending champions North Korea 5-4 on penalties.
A cagey 90 minutes of regular time saw the Aussies strike first courtesy of a Sam Kerr goal in the 18′. The 16 year-old also scored a decisive goal in the Semifinal against Japan. Jo Yun-mi equalized in the 72′ off of a Song Jong-sun pass.
Rain began to fall in Chengdu, China and penalties were assured. Yu Song-mi missed what would be the tying penalty, thus giving the Matildas the victory.
Jo Yun-Mi is tied for having the most goals in the tournament with three, and was also voted the Most Valuable Player.
Australia’s victory ends the dominance of North Korea and China. North Korea have won three of the last four editions while China won the previous eight. Australia has been in the AFC since 2006. This is their best finish since being runners-up in the 2006 tournament.