High five: Unstoppable Kerr breaks record as Matildas run riot

Sam Kerr netted five goals to surge past Tim Cahill’s mark for most international goals as the Matildas produced a record win in Asia.

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21/01/2022 6:25:00 PM

Sam Kerr netted five goals to surge past Tim Cahill’s mark for most international goals as the Matildas produced a record win in Asia. Matildas

Sam Kerr netted five goals to surge past Tim Cahill’s mark for most international goals as the Matildas produced a record win in Asia.

Normal text sizeVery large text sizeAdvertisementSam Kerr has become Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer across all national teams, scoring five goals in the Matildas’ 18-0 thrashing of Indonesia in their opening game of the 2022 Asian Cup.The Chelsea striker took just 12 minutes to surpass Tim Cahill’s record of 50 goals and left the Socceroos’ great in her wake well before half-time, netting four goals before the break before adding another to bring her goal tally to 54 and counting.

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High five: Unstoppable Kerr breaks record as Matildas run riotSam Kerr netted five goals to surge past Tim Cahill’s mark for most international goals as the Matildas produced a record win in Asia.

High five: Unstoppable Kerr breaks record as Matildas run riotSam Kerr netted five goals to surge past Tim Cahill’s mark for most international goals as the Matildas produced a record win in Asia.

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to save articles for later. Normal text size Very large text size Advertisement Sam Kerr has become Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer across all national teams, scoring five goals in the Matildas’ 18-0 thrashing of Indonesia in their opening game of the 2022 Asian Cup. The Chelsea striker took just 12 minutes to surpass Tim Cahill’s record of 50 goals and left the Socceroos’ great in her wake well before half-time, netting four goals before the break before adding another to bring her goal tally to 54 and counting. Indonesia would have been sick of the sight of Sam Kerr in their opening Asian Cup match. Credit: Getty “We put our foot on the gas from the first minute until the last minute,” Kerr said. “I think today was a good start but I think we still have a long way to go until we are at our best.” As far as competitive matches go, this was barely even useful for a warm-up. The best the Matildas got out of their romp over Indonesia was little more than shooting practice as they sealed their record win in Asia. Nevertheless, it will be remembered as the game Kerr made history for Australia. The Matildas captain opened her account in the ninth minute, latching on to a through ball from Emily van Egmond to slot past Indonesia goalkeeper Fani Supriyanto from close range. Three minutes later, that combination doubled Australia’s tally. Van Egmond spotted Kerr unmarked at the far post, found her captain with a pinpoint cross to allow Kerr to break Australia’s goalscoring record with a simple tap-in. Two minutes later, Kerr turned provider. A well-weighted cross picked the run of Caitlin Foord who steered a header past Supriyanto to make it 3-0. The Indonesians were simply shell-shocked with the Australian onslaught and whatever hopes they had of an unlikely result were dashed by the 17th minute. Youngster Mary Fowler beat Supriyanto with a one-on-one before Hayley Raso made it 5-0 with a header midway through the first half. Loading Having already netted twice, Kerr was gifted the chance of a hat-trick from the spot and made no mistake with a powerful penalty delivered into the bottom corner. The Matildas’ best move of the first half lead to a rare goal for fullback Ellie Carpenter. A slick play down the left was pulled back into the middle where Clare Wheeler slipped a clever ball into the path of Carpenter who rattled the top corner of the net with a vicious shot. Kerr made it 8-0 with a clever tap-in set up by van Egmond before van Egmond scored a deserved goal from the penalty spot. Advertisement After 45 minutes of target practice, Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson had the luxury of making four changes during the break and the upheaval led to no disruptions of rhythm. Three minutes after the restart Carpenter made it 10-0 with a looping cross that dipped into the corner of the net. Shortly after, Kerr had her fifth with a powerful finish from Courtney Nevin’s cross inside the box. The Matildas had long stopped celebrating goals by the time van Egmond notched her second, beating Supriyanto to the ball with a header from close range. In fact, goals were met with laughs and jokes before the hour as Tameka Yallop and van Egmond taunted one another over who got the final touch for the Matildas’ 13th. A missed penalty for Kerry shortly after didn’t even matter. Substitute Kyah Simon made it 14-0 by finishing a goalmouth scramble in the 68th minute. Van Egmond sealed her hat-trick with a well-taken goal on the counter a minute later before Simon netted her double a minute after that. Aivi Luik added another with a clever back heel and Raso sealed the win with a tap in at the far post. The Matildas’ next test is on Monday night against the Philippines, who are coached by Alen Stajcic. Save