Australia pulled off a stunning win to reach the FIFA Women's World Cup semi-final by beating France on penalties. After a gruelling 0-0 in regulation time, both teams were in for a thrilling penalty shootout with all the drama, emotion and skill. The penalty shoot-out had the perfect start for the Matildas with Mackenzie Arnold denying Selma Bacha’s effort and Caitlin Foord scoring.
But the Les Bleus soon got back in with Kadidiatou Diani finding the back of the net and Solene Durand pulling off a stunning save. With the scores tied at 1-1, both teams scored thanks to France's Wendie Renard and Sam Kerr of Australia. The scoring sequence continued, taking the score to 3-3 until Ève Périsset and Mackenzie Arnold missed spot kicks for Frane and Australia.
Both teams consistently found the back of the net with some incredible shooting performances until drama peaked at the Brisbane Stadium when Mackenzie Arnold pulled off two back-to-back saves against Kenza Dali as the Aussie was off her line on the first attempt as the scores were tied at 6-6.
Soon there was another twist for Australia as Solene Durand denied Matildas' most experienced star, Clare Hunt. But the star of this quarterfinal, Mackenzie Arnold once again pulled off a stunning save before Cortnee Vine sealed the game and helped Australia reach the semi-final.