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Angry Matildas supporters have slammed Channel 10 over the broadcaster focusing on Nathan Cleary after Mary Fowler's wonder strike against Chinese Taipei.
Fowler's long-range effort helped lift the Matildas to a 3-0 win over plucky opponents in Perth on Wednesday night.
It was the 20-year-old's second goal across the three qualifiers, and the Aussies now have a date with Uzbekistan set for February to book their ticket to Paris 2024.
Fowler trapped a pass and took one touch before blasting her shot from 20 metres out to send the crowd wild and break the deadlock in the 62nd minute.
As Fowler celebrated with her teammates, the Channel 10 cameras quickly panned to her romantic interest, Nathan Cleary, who was cheering her on at Perth's HBF Stadium.
Football fans have blasted Channel Ten over focusing on Nathan Cleary after Mary Fowler's goal against Chinese Taipei on Wednesday night
Cleary, Fowlers's new romantic interest, was cheering her on from the stands
Aussie sport's hottest romance went public earlier in the day after Fowler, 20, and Cleary, 25, were pictured on an intimate date in a park in Perth.
They could be seen laying together in the middle of an open park by the water - laughing, hugging, chatting, and drinking from the same water bottle.
At one point, Cleary took his shirt off and Fowler lay on his chest.
However, some Matildas fans were not happy about Cleary getting any screen time.
'Fowler needs all the screen time for that goal, not Nathan Cleary, please Channel 10,' wrote one fan on X.
'One of the best footballers in the world and they have to keep cutting to her not so famous boyfriend. Only in Aus,' wrote another user.
'Stop showing nathan cleary, mary fowler is a star on her own and in her own right. Let her have her moment without showing his face. Who she is dating