The world game is often described as 90 minutes, 90 emotions.
But at Canberra Stadium on Tuesday night, the emotions went far beyond the final whistle or the 3-1 scoreline.
Matildas player Aivi Luik reached her $30,000 target - and then some - for the Mark Hughes foundation in honour of her younger brother Noa's brain cancer diagnosis.
The 37-year-old raised more than $36,000 in just four days, and true to her word, she shaved her head on the field.
Armed with the clippers was Football Ferns midfielder Rebekah Stott, who returned to the pitch late last year after her own cancer battle.
Both teams gathered around the pitch at Bruce and watched on in awe of the moment.
When asked about what the moment meant, Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson fell silent as he tried to compose himself.
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By Isobel Cootes
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