I have decided that I will be attending all of the W-League Sydney FC home games this season – not because I feel obliged or because I’m a Sydney FC fan, but purely because the football is amazing.
Australia’s FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign couldn’t have started any worse, with the Matildas suffering a shock last-gasp loss to Italy.
Two goals from Juventus star Barbara Bonansea – the latter coming deep into stoppage time – saw Sam Kerr’s first-half penalty erased as the Aussies crashed to a 2-1 loss.
Criticism came thick and fast for our girls, with sloppy defending, poor midfield play and horrible errors on both Italy goals making the tournament-opening match ugly watching for Australian fans.
Coupled with some underwhelming warmup match performances, it’s looking a bit dicey.
How can the Matildas break out of his poor run of form?
We were joined by Roar football expert Mike Tuckerman on the Game of Codes podcast to see just how Australia can rescue their 2019 campaign.
Listen to the discussion:
It doesn’t get much easier for the Matildas, with their next assignment being the might of Brazil at 2am on Friday morning (AEST).
Australia enter this tournament ranked sixth on the women’s rankings, making them the favourites to top their group. Anything less than an appearance in the knockout stages would be a tough pill to swallow.