If anyone was wondering what Saturday’s quarter-final win meant to Australia, you only had to look at one luckless Matildas player.
Chloe Logarzo missed out on the FIFA Women’s World Cup squad after a shocking run with injury, but has been providing expert comments for the Optus Sport coverage.
After the Matildas won a penalty shootout thriller over France in Brisbane to book their place in the semis, Logarzo could barely speak.
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She was asked, “Is this a night you will ever forget?”, but couldn’t manage a single word in reply as she choked back tears.
She was then able to explain why she was so emotional about watching her teammates reaching a World Cup semi for the first time.
“What people don’t understand is we have been in this situation twice before, and we’ve lost major tournaments because of penalties,” Logarzo said.
“I’m so proud of the people who missed those penalties, who stood up and took that, because it takes a lot of courage to step up and do it.
“I couldn’t be more proud of us making history. I can feel how amazing it feels… I just, I’m so proud.
“Thankyou so much for supporting us, please keep coming.”
Logarzo was not the only one choking back tears – or openly crying – when Cortnee Vine slotted the winning penalty.
Former Matildas player Amy Chapman was in commentary and admitted to tearing up, while players including Katrina Gorry were highly emotional in the sheds post-game.