Sam Kerr scored twice because the Matildas cruised to a 3-1 win over New Zealand in Canberra on Tuesday evening.
Captain Kerr’s brace lifted her Matildas objective tally to 59 and propelled her workforce to a sequence clear sweep of the Football Ferns after a 2-1 victory in Townsville final week.
However, the Australians will want a lot harder exams between and subsequent 12 months’s FIFA Women’s World Cup if they’re to have a real likelihood of successful the event on residence soil.
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Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson advised as a lot on Monday earlier than stressing the necessity for his workforce to set and keep its personal requirements towards an strange New Zealand outfit.
Gustavsson would have been looking for a way more convincing win within the second recreation of the sequence and it gave the impression to be coming when the Matildas led 3-0 after 32 minutes.
However, the anticipated objective rush didn’t eventuate, and to make issues worse, the guests had been capable of expose Australia’s typically suspect defence with a objective of their very own within the dying phases of the primary half.
It gave the New Zealanders – who had been effectively and really second greatest within the opening half – some confidence and it confirmed with an improved second-half show.
In distinction, the Matildas weren’t as dynamic after half-time with the sport coming to an uneventful and scrappy finish.
The Matildas had been once more far too wasteful in entrance of objective, however not like in Townsville, the place they took till stoppage time to transform their dominance, they had been rather a lot faster off the mark within the second recreation of the sequence.
Kerr opened the scoring within the fifteenth minute, heading residence a nook from Steph Catley.
It took simply two extra minutes for the Matildas to double their lead, with Hayley Raso’s low shot from the sting of the penalty space sneaking contained in the far put up.
Chelsea star Kerr then produced a chic end with the surface of her proper foot to attain her second and Australia’s third of the competition within the thirty second minute.
However, completely towards the run of play, New Zealand pulled a objective again in first-half stoppage time.
Olivia Chance was the supplier with an outstanding cross that caught Australia’s defence sq..
Making essentially the most of Chance’s creativity was Hannah Wilkinson, who after being denied together with her first shot by Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams, pounced on the rebound to finish Australia’s hopes of a clear sheet.