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The Matildas will look to make it two wins on the bounce as they once again lock horns with Brazil at CommBank Stadium on Tuesday night. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8:05pm (AEDT).
With several factors at play, Saturday night’s 3-1 victory was much needed.
It was a required response after a disappointing loss to Ireland last month, a maiden victory for Tony Gustavsson on Australian shores, the best possible way to celebrate Alanna Kennedy’s 100th appearance, and a comprehensive win over a great rival.
The atmosphere was electric with the team playing in front of home fans for the first time since March 2020.
Goals to Clare Polkinghorne, Mary Fowler and Emily van Egmond for Australia and Adriana for Brazil ensured that the 15,270-strong crowd went home entertained.
In the journey of a thousand miles to the Women’s World Cup in 2023, this two-game friendly series represents only two single steps.
But the Matildas will look to use it as the beginning of some momentum heading into the Women’s Asian Cup in January 2022 – a key stop on that longer journey.
Brazil, meanwhile, will be disappointed they could not cause the Australians more trouble as their winless streak against the Matildas extended to six.
Marta and Debinha played only cameo roles and look to be pivotal in Tuesday night’s encounter.
As for Gustavsson and the Matildas, the Swede has plenty of defensive players and can tinker with the personnel deployed in those roles.
The likes of Angie Beard, Emma Checker, Karly Roestbakken, Courtney Nevin, and Jamilla Rankin will be hoping to work their way into the equation.
Saturday night’s match was a nominal friendly but had all of the usual goals, drama, and physicality of a game between the Matildas and Brazil.
Tuesday night’s encounter should offer up much of the same.
Kick-off: 8:05pm (AEDT)
Venue: CommBank Stadium, Parramatta
Broadcast: Channel Ten