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Matildas footballer Sam Kerr kisses his American girlfriend Kristie Mewis

Samantha Kerr and her American football star girlfriend Kristie Mewis couldn’t hold hands as they faced off in a game.

The Matildas player, 28, and her star partner Houston Dash, 30, kissed at the end of the Australia-USA game in Newcastle on Tuesday.

A beaming Sam ran over to Kristie, the pro athletes politely shaking hands for the first time after the thrilling 1-1 draw.

Hugs: Samantha Kerr (right) and her football star girlfriend Kristie Mewis (left) faced off in a soccer match in Newcastle on Tuesday and exchanged a hug at the end of the match

They then quickly kissed, Kristie being unable to wipe the smile off her face after the couple broke up.

The tender moment came after the second game of the International Friendly Series between the Australian Matildas and the United States Women’s National Team at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The lovebirds have been inseparable since they confirmed their romance in August.

Kerr dated his longtime girlfriend Nikki Stanton for nearly eight years before going their separate ways earlier this year.

It is understood that Kerr told friends at the time that she and Stanton, who is also a prominent American footballer, had “fallen in love”.

Sweet: Matildas player, 28, and her star partner Houston Dash, 30, kissed at the end of the game between the Australian and American teams which ended in a draw

Sweet: Matildas player, 28, and her star partner Houston Dash, 30, kissed at the end of the game between the Australian and American teams which ended in a draw

Cheers: A beaming Sam ran over to Kristie, the pro athletes politely shook hands first

Cheers: A beaming Sam ran over to Kristie, the pro athletes politely shook hands first

Happy: The moment of tenderness came after the second match of the International Friendly Series between the Matildas of Australia and the United States of America Women's National Team at McDonald Jones Stadium

Happy: The moment of tenderness came after the second match of the International Friendly Series between the Matildas of Australia and the United States of America Women’s National Team at McDonald Jones Stadium

Shortly after their split, rumors that Kerr and Mewis had started dating started circulating in football gossip circles.

Talks about a budding adventure came to a head in Tokyo when the couple were pictured kissing in the moments following Australia’s loss to the United States in the bronze medal match.

Soon after, Kerr confirmed the rumors by posting a series of beloved Mewis snaps on Instagram.

On Saturday, the Matildas were beaten by the American team, with a 3-0 victory.

The match marked the first time the couple – who last met competing at the Tokyo Olympics – faced each other since becoming “Instagram Official” in August.

Happy: They kissed quickly, Kristie unable to wipe the smile off her face after the couple split up

Happy: They kissed quickly, Kristie unable to wipe the smile off her face after the couple split up

Official: The lovebirds have been inseparable since they confirmed their romance in August

Official: The lovebirds have been inseparable since they confirmed their romance in August

Kerr’s side had a much better result on Tuesday as Matildas ended his calendar year with a 1-1 draw against the Americans.

A brilliant challenge from Newcastle local Clare Wheeler saw Kyah Simon snatch a late equalizer.

In Australia’s last game before the Asian Cup in January, American Ashley Hatch scored in the fourth minute before Simon equalized with a deflection in the 88th.

Seeking to add experience to his defense after losing 3-0 to Sydney on Saturday, Gustavsson turned to Lydia Williams against Teagan Micah in the goal, while Steph Catley moved up to center-back and Tameka Yallop was fallen to the rear left.

Teenager Jessika Nash was dropped and Kyra Cooney-Cross started in midfield, while Hayley Raso replaced Caitlin Foord.

New love: Kerr dated his longtime girlfriend Nikki Stanton for almost eight years before quietly breaking up earlier this year

New love: Kerr dated his longtime girlfriend Nikki Stanton for almost eight years before quietly breaking up earlier this year

Games: On Saturday, the Matildas were beaten by the American team, with a 3-0 victory

Games: On Saturday, the Matildas were beaten by the American team, with a 3-0 victory

But the United States got off to a quick new start despite a boisterous crowd of 20,495 at McDonald Jones Stadium – a record for the Newcastle Matildas.

Gustavsson had stressed the importance of ending the USA transition game, but it proved his side were losing in the fourth minute.

Yallop returned the ball and Margaret Purce scooted forward before cutting the ball for an unsuccessful Hatch, which coldly passed Williams.

Lynn Williams missed a wide header attempt in the 11th minute while Hatch headed straight for Williams at close range in the 16th.

Many of the Matildas’ best chances fell through with poor crosses, but Kyra Cooney-Cross was inches away from her first international goal in the 21st minute when she completed a long-range shot into the post.

US captain Lindsey Horan almost made it 2-0 in the 34th minute, but for the ultimate challenge of Courtney Nevin.

Match: Saturday's match marked the first time the couple - who last met competing at the Tokyo Olympics - have faced each other since becoming

Match: Saturday’s match marked the first time the couple – who last met competing at the Tokyo Olympics – have faced each other since becoming “Instagram Official” in August

Match: After Monday's game, which again saw the pair face off, the Matildas end their calendar year with an unconvincing 1-1 draw with the United States

Match: After Monday’s game, which again saw the pair face off, the Matildas end their calendar year with an unconvincing 1-1 draw with the United States

Australia had a golden chance to tie the game three minutes after half-time when Hayley Raso had a meteoric run and then slipped the ball to Kerr, who made space under pressure but trailed his shot next.

In the 58th minute, Lynn Williams tried her luck from a distance and forced Lydia Williams to make a fantastic save.

As the game opened up, Catley threw up a superb challenge to stop Morgan Weaver in his tracks in the 80th minute.

Eight minutes later, Wheeler, an 86th-minute substitute, bravely slipped over Ashley Sanchez and, as she walked away, pinched the ball before passing to Catley. She in turn found Kerr, who made her work at Simon.

The 30-year-old, who missed a goalie in Saturday’s loss, saw her strike deviate from Becky Sauerbrunn before defeating Casey Murphy in the US goal to save a draw much to the locals’ delight.