Sam Kerr on Brazilian players not doing handshakes: “It was disappointing to see. We think of them as a very highly respectable team and I don’t think we got the respect we deserved tonight after the last three performances.” (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
NEWCASTLE, Australia — Whether it’s for club or country, Sam Kerr has emerged as one of the most lethal strikers on the planet.
She leads the National Women’s Soccer League with 16 goals and has struck seven times in the last four Australian international matches.
Her latest heroics came in the Matilda’s 3-2 victory over Brazil, on the 17th anniversary of Australia losing to the South American side in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
The Brazilians apparently were not impressed as many players ignored their opponents for the traditional handshke after a match.
“Not shaking hands, it’s not an Australian thing but I‘m not really going to comment on it because it’s not something I think is very… I don’t really like it, but whatever,” Kerr told reporters after the game, according to Reuters.
“It was heated. I don’t know how it started… But I guess that’s what happens when you get under people’s skin, not only in the game but the last three matches.”
Australian has beaten Brazil in two of those matches.
“It was disappointing to see,” Kerr said. “We think of them as a very highly respectable team and I don’t think we got the respect we deserved tonight after the last three performances.”
Kerr’s four-game scoring streak is second in Australian women’s history only to Sarah Walsh’s run of five games.
Considered a top candidate for FIFA women’s player of the year, Kerr demonstrated why as she equalized with an arching shot off an Emily van Egmond feed past goalkeeper Daniele Neuhaus in the 38th minute. She connected for her second goal in the 66th minute, converting a one-two between Chloe Logarzo and van Egmond.