Australia is through to the final of the Asian Cup after another nailbiter.
Thailand’s second goal came through a defensive blunder from Australia with Arnold slicing a clearance, Kennedy not able to control, and Rattikan blasting the ball past Arnold into the top corner.
The injection of Emily Van Egmond and Sam Kerr lifted the intent of the Matildas but didn’t stem the intensity of Thailand who continued their press all over the park.
Thailand used stoppages cleverly to diffuse Australia’s rhythm and survived the minutes where players were sidelined through injury
In the closing minutes of the game, Wilaiporn received a second yellow card having tripped up Kerr, her send off becoming more consequential to the game after Australia’s equaliser which sent the match into extra time.
It was a Kellond-Knight perfect corner, whipped in to sit up for Kennedy to drill home perfectly with a neat header, that kept the Matildas’ campaign alive.
Australia dominated the first half of extra time and showed more of the confident style they are becoming known for.
The best chance of the half came from a Carpenter overlapping run, with her cross chested down by Simon, and the shot from Van Egmond blocked.
The second half was mostly Australia as well, notwithstanding the excellence of Thai keeper Waraporn and the endurance of goal scorer Kanjana.
Another powerful header from Kennedy was stopped on the line and DeVanna wasn’t able to poke the ball past her with the spills.
The penalty shootout was full of drama with Van Egmond missing to the top right, and Ainon giving Thailand the lead.
From there it was all Australia, courtesy of three saves from Arnold.
Kellond-Knight converted before De Vanna’s penalty was saved.
Catley finished calmly, and Kerr stepped up to put the game beyond doubt, giving Australia another last gasp life in the Asian Cup as they face the winner of Japan and China.