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Superwoman Logarzo credits Milicic

By AAP Newswire

Chloe Logarzo, the architect of Australia's 3-2 World Cup triumph over Brazil on Friday (AEST), had a pre-match problem.

She was missing a crucial person and ingredient of her build-up - sidelined defender Laura Alleway.

So she wrote the number five on her hand, Alleway's number, in case she was lucky enough to score a goal in Montpellier.

When she did, she turned to the stands in a Superwoman stance.

"My goal celebration was for her. She sings 'Superwoman' to me before I play," she said, referring to the Alicia Keys song.

"That's her forte, I am tone deaf. She sits right next to me and does it every game, so it was really hard for me to lose her."

But Alleway was still in France, watching from the stands, and she still performed her pre-match duties.

"She sang to me down the phone so I listened to it before we go out, I know it's so cheesy," she said.

"She's in the grandstand watching us, she wasn't going to miss a game."

The heartwarming moment is typical of the tight-knit bonds within the Matildas' camp.

Alleway's words certainly worked wonders; Logarzo put in a powerhouse performance against Brazil.

The athletic midfielder was everywhere at the Stade de la Mosson, shutting down opponents and working hard to create chances.

She leapt over her marker to set up Caitlin Foord's opener, and scored the equaliser with a smartly-placed shot that tricked goalkeeper Barbara as Sam Kerr lurked closely.

Kerr and her teammates paid tribute to Logarzo, calling her a workhorse and a star.

Logarzo is at her first World Cup after overcoming a fractured leg in the W-League grand final.

She also paid tribute to coach Ante Milicic, whom she said wore the brunt of criticism after their loss to Italy last week.

"That win was definitely for Ante," she said.

"The criticism is more on his behalf, and it's really disheartening for us to hear that because the amount of belief he's instilled in us and the amount of work he's put in is incredible.

"In the changeroom (at half-time) Ante really goes in there and is able to just lift us in all the right ways.

"We believe in our process, Ante believes in us and the nation behind us gives us that belief."