De Vanna’s Matildas goals on the big stages

Lisa De Vanna

Melbourne Victory recruit Lisa De Vanna has starred repeatedly during her career for the Westfield Matildas.

De Vanna is Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer with 47 goals in 150 appearances in the green and gold.

The forward has returned to Victory ahead of the 2020/21 Westfield W-League season, which begins on December 27.

We take a look at some of her international goals – all nine she has scored at FIFA Women’s World Cups and the Olympics.

2004 Olympics v Sweden

Trailing 2-0 in the quarter-final, De Vanna gave the Matildas some late hope.

De Vanna used her trademark speed to get in behind and finished in a one-on-one, but Australia’s comeback fell short.

2007 World Cup v Ghana (x2)

Introduced at half-time with Australia 1-0 up, De Vanna helped propel the Matildas to their first World Cup win.

She made her presence felt off the bench with a double as the Matildas opened their Group C campaign with a 4-1 victory.

2007 World Cup v Norway

Again used as a substitute three days later in Hangzhou, De Vanna again made an impact.

After receiving a pass in the 83rd minute, De Vanna made space with a step to lose Norway captain Ane Stangeland Horpestad before producing a wonderful 20-yard effort into the top corner in the 1-1 draw.

2007 World Cup v Brazil

De Vanna helped the Matildas fight back from 2-0 down in the quarter-finals, pegging a goal back following a strike by Formiga and Marta’s penalty.

Lauren Colthorpe drew Australia level, but Cristiane scored Brazil’s 75th-minute winner

It was the first of four career goals De Vanna has scored against Brazil.

2011 World Cup v Equatorial Guinea

Introduced at half-time, De Vanna scored in a 3-2 victory in Bochum.

Taking down a long pass on her chest, she produced a smart finish under onrushing goalkeeper Mirian.

2015 World Cup v United States

Behind to Megan Rapinoe’s deflected opener, De Vanna brought the Matildas level.

A fine team move ended with Michelle Heyman teeing up the captain to drill into the bottom corner, although the United States won the Group D clash 3-1.

2015 World Cup v Sweden

De Vanna gave Australia a dream start, racing onto a long pass from Laura Brock (nee Alleway) before finishing clinically in a one-on-one.

Sofia Jakobsson equalised for Sweden, but a draw was enough for the Matildas to advance from Group D.

2016 Olympics v Zimbabwe

It took just 70 seconds for De Vanna to strike against Zimbabwe.

The Matildas captain fired in a Katrina Gorry cross for the opening goal of a 6-1 victory.