Westfield Matildas snap shootout hoodoo in AFC Women's Asian Cup semi-final

Australia set aside the drama of their last-gasp equaliser against Thailand to progress from the AFC Women's Asian Cup semi-final with a satisfying shootout victory.

It was a moment of redemption after being on the end of spot-kick heartbreak at the team's last major tournament, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Attention now turns to Saturday morning's (AEST) final against Japan as the Westfield Matildas seek to become champions of Asia for the second time.

Catch up with the stats and facts from King Abdullah II Stadium below.

READ: Westfield Matildas reach AFC Women's Asian Cup final with heart-stopping shootout win over Thailand

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  • Australia have reached a third straight AFC Women's Asian Cup final, having won the competition in 2010 and lost 1-0 to Japan in 2014.
  • This was the Westfield Matildas' first penalty shootout victory since May 2010 against North Korea in the AFC Women's Asian Cup final; they had lost their two competitive shootouts in between.
  • Australia have conceded more goals in their last two matches (three) than their previous six combined (two).
  • They have also drawn consecutive matches for the first time since September 2007 (1-1 v Norway, 2-2 v Canada). In fact, they have drawn three of their four matches at Jordan 2018, as many as they had in their previous 18 internationals before the start of the tournament.
  • Alanna Kennedy now has two goals in Australia's last three games. She previously hadn't scored an international goal since March 2017.
  • Kennedy had the most touches (131) and played the most passes (113) of all players in the match in addition to her equalising goal. Thailand goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing had the most touches (74) and passes attempted (53) for her team.
Alanna Kennedy