17 March 2020

Australia's goal machine Sam Kerr on qualifying for the Olympics

Australian football player Sam Kerr has said she's 'really proud' of her side for securing Olympic qualification.

Kerr's team beat Vietnam 7-1 on aggregate in their qualifying play-off.

After the last Olympics, Kerr had only scored eight international goals. She now boasts 42 and she has said she would never have dreamt of the success she has had since Rio.

"When you’ve only scored eight goals you don’t imagine yourself scoring five times that in the next four years.

"I’m really proud of the work I’ve done to get here and, I think, going forward to these Olympics, it just shows how far the team has come.

"I don’t score any of those goals alone, so for me it’s about how the Matildas have come as a team and really there’s no pressure on myself to keep scoring. It’s about the team performing and the goals will come whether it’s me or any of the other forwards or midfielders.

"I just hope it keeps going forward and I feel really lucky that I’m living in this time now because there’s a lot of retired players who kind of see what we’re going through at the moment and, you know, that’s what they hoped for.

"I know they’re happy that the female game is reaping the rewards for all the work they’ve done, so I feel really lucky living in this time, but there’s still so much work to go."

Australia were knocked out of the last Olympics by Brazil in the quarter-finals, the match finished 0-0 and the Matildas lost 7-6 on penalties.

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