This probably wasn’t the match Italy expected to win in the group stage, but it knew it had a chance and goodness did Barbara Bonansea and Co. seize it.
Italy saw a pair of goals pulled back for offside before it scored its deserved winner against Australia in both team’s 2019 Women’s World Cup debut on Sunday in France.
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Bonansea scored deep in stoppage time to complete her brace, as Italy grabbed a big three points in its first World Cup match since 1999.
Sam Kerr was taken down in the box and scored the rebound of her saved penalty to give Australia a lead.
Bonansea made it 1-1 in the 56th minute with an interception deep in Australia territory before dribbling into the 18 to beat keeper Lydia Williams.
She made a mistake on a corner kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time, and Bonansea nodded home at the back post to give the Italians a huge win and a massive chance at the knockout rounds.