It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since a 16-year-old Sam Kerr scored in a victorious Asian Cup final.
Tournament of Nations, 2017 Australia vs Brazil
At her best, Kerr’s game is not just about goal scoring. Facing Brazil in 2017, she demonstrated a complete attackers’ skillset as the focal point of a dominant Matildas side against a prestigious opponent.
Kerr was a menace throughout and the Brazilian defence had no answer for her pace, work rate and skill. With scores at 1-1, Kerr sprinted past the defense, drew two defenders and the keeper to supply Caitlin Foord with a simple tap in.
A few minutes later, the move was replicated, a long ball from the defense found Kerr who sprinted clear to supply another tap in, this time for Lisa De Vanna.
In the 80th minute, Kerr finally got onto the score sheet after receiving a clipped Tameka Yallop pass 20 yards out.
Controlling it between the two defenders, Kerr sped through and held them off to slot past the onrushing keeper. Australia’s sixth goal of the game was the most audacious of a devastatingly efficient team display.