Team GB 3-4 Australia: Ellen White hat-trick not enough as women’s football team crash out of Tokyo Olympics

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Britain’s women saw their Olympic football dream come to a crushing end as they suffered a dramatic 4-3 extra-time defeat to Australia, despite Ellen White’s hat-trick.

After the game had finished 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes, Caroline Weir missed a glorious chance to put Team GB ahead from the penalty spot and within minutes Mary Fowler’s deflected strike found the net, before Sam Kerr’s header seemed to have sent Australia through to the semi-finals.

However, White completed her hat-trick with a 115th-minute header - her sixth goal of the tournament - to set up a grandstand finish but Britain couldn’t find the goal that would have sent it to penalties.

Alanna Kennedy’s header had given the Matildas a first half lead but White hit back soon after the restart with a sensational glancing header into the far corner.

Team GB went ahead when White pounced again, reacting fastest inside the box, but there was to be a late twist as Chelsea striker Kerr was allowed too much time in the box to guide home an 89th minute equaliser.

Weir was presented with a chance from 12 yards after substitute Nikita Parris had been fouled but saw her spot-kick saved by Taegen Micah, before 18-year-old Fowler’s effort took a nick and flew into the top corner.

Kerr earned some breathing space immediately after half-time in extra-time with a close-range header and Australia held on, despite a desperate British charge after White’s third.

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