International – Kyah targets Australia, Ria leads New Zealand


The Spurs Women had a number of players in action for their respective countries as the last international window of the year drew to a close on Tuesday.

Kyah Simon’s late strike earned Australia a 1-1 draw against defending world champions United States. After conceding early in the game with a strike from Ashley Hatch, the Matildas dug deep and put bodies on the line to keep one foot in the game.

Their relentless determination paid off in the 88th minute when the ball fell on our No.17 and his shot from the edge of the box, wrong-headed goalkeeper Casey Murphy, sparked wild celebrations in front of 20,000 fans at Newcastle.

Ria Percival wore the captain’s armband and led New Zealand to a memorable 2-0 victory over South Korea from Spurs teammate So-hyun Cho in Goyang.

South Korea must have regretted the missed opportunities after applying early pressure before conceding two late goals to give New Zealand a historic first victory since before the last FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019.

Back in Europe, Jessica Naz got her first start for the England Under-23s as they showed their ruthless side by beating Estonia 11-0 in a friendly at St George’s Park.

Esther Morgan started and played 90 minutes as Wales suffered their first loss of their 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign against France, fifth in the world. Midfielder Josie Green and Academy player Morgan Rogers were both unused substitutes.

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