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The Matildas take on Great Britain for a spot in the Olympic semi-finals tonight from 7pm AEST at Kashima Stadium.
Australia finished third in Group G while Great Britain – made up of English, Scottish, and Welsh players – topped Group E. It’s the first time Australia has played against Team GB or any of its member nations in a major tournament.
The Matildas enter this game after a mixed bag of results. A 2-1 win over New Zealand set up the path to progression and was followed by a 4-2 loss to Sweden.
A scoreless draw with the reigning World Cup champion US Women’s National Team ensured both sides qualified for the knockout stages.
Sam Kerr has been influential, playing a hand in all four of Australia’s goals (three goals, one assist).
Team GB hasn’t lit up Tokyo 2020 but it’s gotten the job done. A 2-0 win over Chile and a 1-0 victory against host nation Japan set up an important final game against Canada.
The 1-1 draw with Canada only came after Caroline Weir’s shot was deflected in off Nichelle Prince. Ellen White has top-scored with three.
Team GB only exists once every four years. Therefore it relies on the squad being almost exclusively made up of English players from Manchester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea. These pockets of cohesion make up for the lack of time spent together as Great Britain in some way.
Much like the USA game, the Matildas will be very familiar with their opponents with eight of the 22 players spending last season in the FA WSL with or against these British players.
Great Britain has only conceded one goal so far in Tokyo, while the Matildas have created plenty of chances without being as clinical as they could be. Which of these forces reigns supreme will decide the winner.
Awaiting them is the victor of Sweden v Japan and a 75% chance of taking home a medal.
Kick-off: 7pm (AEST)
Venue: Kashima Stadium
TV: Channel Seven
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