Keeper fumes at ref in World Cup shootout, misses pen and saves same kick twice

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    Australia and West Ham goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold was at the centre of one of the most dramatic penalty shootouts in Women’s World Cup history.

    The host nation eventually defeated France 7-6 after a marathon shootout which contained an incredible 20 spot-kicks following a goal-less draw to progress to the semi-finals. Arnold was in the thick of the action as she ranted at the referee, took a kick herself and then saved the same penalty twice.

    Arnold, who plays for the Hammers in the Women's Super League, wasn’t happy when a French player stopped before striking the ball into the net. Arnold complained vociferously to the official but the goal was allowed to stand.

    She was also asked to take a penalty herself and had the chance to win it, only to hit the post. And she was left fuming again when, after saving a penalty, the referee ordered the kick to be taken again as Arnold had been deemed to have strained off her line following a VAR check.

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    However, she then saved the retake before team-mate Cortnee Vine scored the winning spot-kick after Vicki Becho had struck the post for France, sending the Brisbane crowd wild. Following her eventful contribution to the quarter-final, Arnold then picked up the player of the match award.

    Former Manchester United keeper Mark Bosnich was one of the Aussies toasting Arnold's performance. He tweeted: "Vine to win it!!!!!! AND DOES IT!!!!! Unbelievable…Mackenzie Arnold..hero!!! Courtney Vine hero…all of the @TheMatildas HEROES!!!"

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    Meanwhile, Australian politician Bill Shorten tweeted: "Blood pressure pumping but the Tillies brought it home!!! Just awesome. And huge kudos to Mackenzie Arnold. What a bloody legend."

    Another fan a mocked up a picture of Arnold as a politician and wrote: "Australian’s newest Minister for Defence. Mackenzie Arnold."

    The Aussies will face the winners of the quarter-final between England and Colombia in the last four.

    • World Cup
    • Women’s World Cup
    • West Ham FC

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