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Australia celebrates the Matildas again

Australia celebrates the Matildas again

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Australia celebrates the Matildas again

Australia’s women’s footballers honored in Brisbane

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For Australian footballers, a World Cup on home soil ends without medals. They still show the country’s pride in sports – a celebration.

Brisbane. Australia’s footballers, who lost the third-place match, were once again celebrated by fans at a welcome ceremony in Brisbane.

Led by superstar Sam Kerr and coach Tony Gustavsson, the team was presented with the city’s highest award, the Keys to the City, on stage at the harbour. The Matildas inspired Australia throughout the tournament, but after missing the final against England they also lost the third-place match against Sweden (0:2).

“They’ve proven that it’s not what shoes you stand in, it’s what you stand for,” said Queensland state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Above all, Matildas stands for fairness in sport and fair opportunities for women and girls across Australia.

Along with captain Kerr, Palaszczuk shared a photo of the moment they beat France in the quarter-finals. “It’s been an emotional roller coaster for everyone, but it’s been the best four weeks of our lives,” Kerr said of the World Cup.

Australian singer Nikki Webster was a surprise guest with her 2001 hit “Strawberry Kisses.” The players, who made the song their unofficial anthem during the tournament, danced and sang with Webster on stage.

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