Matildas enjoy dream start at Tournament of Nations with win over Brazil
Matildas Matildas enjoy dream start at Tournament of Nations with win over Brazil
- Brazil 1-3 Australia
- Tameka Butt and Sam Kerr add to Poliana own goal
The Matildas reinforced their supremacy over Brazil with a 3-1 win to open the defence of their Tournament of Nations crown with a bang. Two first-half goals from corner kicks and a Sam Kerr stunner gave Australia their fourth consecutive win over the South Americans.
Brazil had entered the match in Kansas City in form and determined for revenge, unbeaten in their past 12 outings since losing to the Matildas in Newcastle last September â" a stretch that included nine straight victories in their Copa America Femenina campaign earlier this year.Brazil 1-3 Australia: Tournament of Nations â" as it happened Read more
But the Australians took the lead in just the ninth minute and never looked in doubt â" although coach Alen Stajcic wonât be happy with the way his side invited their opponents back into the contest late on.
âItâs a good result for us and always fantastic to beat a world-class team in Brazil. Itâs not easy,â Stajcic said. âThe performance was a little bit up and down; good first half, maybe we can improve a little bit with our second half. I thought we lost control of the game and probably gave them that a little bit of momentum towards the end of the game.âAustralia's Mary Fowler makes international football debut at age 15 Read more
Defender Poliana handed the Matildas a dream start with an own goal, inadvertently heading Elise Kellond-Knightâs tantalising corner kick into the net. Another Brazilian set-piece mix-up just before the break helped the Matildas double their advantage.
Goalkeeper Barbara made a poorly-timed leap in an attempt to collect another Kellond-Knight cross but missed it completely. The ball fell to Daiane, who could only cushion it across the box where an unmarked Tameka Butt managed to nod it home.
Kerr increased the lead five minutes into the second half, finishing off a clinical counter-attack with a rasping shot into th e roof of the net. Brazil kept pushing and grabbed a consolation in the 79th minute with Debinha tucking away a cross from Marta to catch the Australian defence napping.
Only a point-blank reaction save from Lydia Williams to deny Beatriz stopped Brazil from cutting the margin to one goal.
The finish aside, it was the perfect way for Australia to bounce back from their disappointment at the Womenâs Asian Cup, having lost the final 1-0 to Japan in April. It is also an important psychological win over Brazil, should the two nations meet again at next yearâs Womenâs World Cup in France.
Stajcic handed an international debut to 15-year-old sensation Mary Fowler, who replaced Kerr in stoppage time. The Matildas face the United States on Monday morning (AEST) before taking on Japan next Friday.Topics
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