Captain Sam Kerr scored five goals for the tournament’s first hat-trick in Australia’s 18-0 loss to lowly Indonesia in their Asian Women’s Cup opener here on Friday.
The Chelsea star striker, who was recently named a finalist for the FIFA Best Player award, started the game one goal behind Tim Cahill in Australia’s all-time top scorers list (male or female) and the finished four ahead for a total. of 54 in his 105th game.
The Group B match between the top-ranked and bottom-ranked teams at the Mumbai Football Arena proved to be completely lopsided, with the 2010 champions scoring at will against an Indonesian side making their first appearance since 1989.
In another Group B game at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium, an 81st-minute goalkeeper yell from Thailand’s W Boonsing gave the Philippines a 1-0 win.
Chandler McDaniel’s drive from 20 yards saw Boonsing fail to retain possession as he crossed the goal line. It was the Philippines’ first victory in 13 matches against Thailand. Kerr, who finished third in this year’s prestigious Women’s Ballon d’Or, was one of eight Matildas to put her name on the scoresheet in the team’s biggest-ever victory over Indonesia. Australia in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
Indonesia put on a brave defensive display in the opening minutes but their resistance was broken when Emily van Egmond’s pass found Kerr, who netted his 50th international goal in nine minutes.
That goal equalized Cahill’s record, and Kerr duly broke it two minutes later, with another assist from van Egmond giving the Australia captain a virtually unmissable sight at goal.
Kerr turned provider, kicking off Caitlin Foord for Australia’s third in the 14th minute, before Mary Fowler stepped in with an accomplished finish three minutes later, and the Matildas were leading 5-0 when Raso bravely headed home in the 24th minute.
With 94th-ranked Indonesia helpless against Australia’s pace and movement, Kerr scored his hat-trick from the penalty spot shortly before a sensational 15-yard strike from Carpenter went extra his advance.
Eight quickly became nine when Kerr pushed her fourth within yards, with van Egmond once again the provider, before van Egmond herself reached the nine at half-time with a hard-hitting penalty kick shortly after.
Head coach Tony Gustavsson made five changes to his 11th-placed side in the interval but few changes on the pitch, with Carpenter doubling up with a speculative long-range effort before Kerr took his individual tally to five , then sets up the productive Egmond van for a cushioned header to make it 12-0.
Van Egmond completed his hat trick and made it 13-0 just before the hour mark before Kerr missed a penalty. Substitute Kyah Simon added to the tally before scoring 16-0 in the 71st minute.
It was a game laden with goals but Aivi Luik scored the best of them when she superbly stalked the 17th Australian in the 78th minute, before Raso provided the finishing touch for the competition’s biggest win in over 20 years.
The Philippines, however, finally broke the deadlock through McDaniel in the 81st minute when the striker from 20 yards out saw Boonsing failing to hold the ball as he crossed the goal line.
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