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What do we make of the Matildas after such a mixed group stage bag?

How good are the Matildas, really? (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
19th June, 2019
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After a rollercoaster of a group stage, the Matildas have progressed to the knockout stage of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup following a Sam Kerr-led demolition of Jamaica.

Four goals from the marquee woman saw the Aussies take down the Caribbean country 4-1 and set up a date with Norway on Sunday morning.

But it was far from sunshine and roses in the rest of Australia’s group stage. Horrid defending and blunders aplenty had the critics out in force after a shock 2-1 loss to Italy in their first match.

While the Matildas recovered to knock off Brazil in their next game, exuberant post-match comments from Kerr drew the ire of some analysts.

So where are our girls really at?

Roar football expert Mike Tuckerman jumped on the Game of Codes podcast to discuss the group stage and preview what the knockout stage might have in store for the Matildas.

Listen to the discussion:

After a tumultuous lead-up to the tournament that had the side in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, two straight wins should keep the wolves at bay for now – but can the Matildas keep that form up?

Visit our Game of Codes hub to catch the full episode and be sure to subscribe and review on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or wherever else you’re listening.

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