(CNN)Italy has waited 20 years since its last appearance at the Women’s World Cup and it proved a memorable return as Barbara Bonansea scored twice, including a dramatic stoppage time winner, to give the Azzurre a 2-1 win over Australia Sunday.
Follow @cnnsport The Juventus striker popped up at the far post to head home the decisive goal in Valenciennes to sink the Matildas. who had been pressing strongly for a winner of their own. It sparked scenes of wild celebration as the Italy bench emptied and Bonansea was hoisted high into the air by her jubilant and relieved teammates.
— Italy (@azzurri) June 9, 2019 Australia had gone into the match at the Stade du Hainaut full of confidence and it did not take long for inspirational captain Sam Kerr to make an impression.She won a penalty after being pulled down by Italian counterpart Sara Gama and although her initial weak effort was saved by Laura Guiliana, Kerr scored on the rebound.Read MoreShe celebrated in the style of former Australian international Tim Cahill, punching the corner flag, much to his appreciation which he shared on social media.
Great start and loving the celebration. Let's see if we can build on this and add another. 💚💛⚽️ pic.twitter.com/B8sYV6fxuQ
— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) June 9, 2019 Bonansea, who had an earlier effort ruled out for marginal offside by VAR, leveled for Italy on 56 minutes after a defensive howler by Clare Polkinghorne, who was caught napping in possession.READ: England v Scotland: The most anticipated Women’s World Cup matchREAD: Australia — From nude calendars to title contendersItaly had a second effort ruled out for offside with nine minutes remaining after Daniela Sabatino finished neatly, but Bonansea connected with a free kick to beat Lydia Williams in the Australian goal for the winner.Cristiane hat-trick for Brazil Brazil is topping Group C after the opening round of matches after a 3-0 win over Jamaica later Sunday with Cristiane scoring a superb hat-trick.The 34-year-old Cristiane, replacing injured six-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta, netted in the 15th, 50th and 64th minute in front of a 17,000 crowd at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.
— FIFA Women's World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 9, 2019 It was a chastening tournament debut for the Reggae Girlz, who had goalkeeper Sydney Schneider to thank for a number of fine saves, including a penalty from Andressa Alves with the score at 1-0.Cristiane completed her triple with a fine free kick in the 64th minute as Brazil ended a poor recent run of nine straight defeats.The match was also notable for the appearance of midfielder Formiga for Brazil, becoming the first player to appear at seven Women’s World Cups and at 41 years and 98 days the oldest to appear in the tournament.The final match of Sunday will see England take on Scotland in an eagerly-awaited opener in Group D.