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Matildas take out International Series Trophy against Chile

14 November 2018

FOOTBALL: After a rough start to the two-match Australia vs Chile International Series where the Matildas suffered a 2-3 loss in Penrith over the weekend, the Aussie side have come firing back, defeating La Roja 5-0 to raise the series trophy in Newcastle on Tuesday.

Game one in Penrith against La Roja was considered a major upset for the heavily-favoured Aussie side. The Matildas, ranked sixth in the FIFA World Rankings, fell to 39th ranked Chile who have just qualified for their first FIFA Women's World Cup.

The loss to the emerging side meant more than just a lost friendly and carried potential World Cup ramifications. Losing ranking points and falling out of the top six ranked teams meant Australia would no longer be a seeded team and would fall into a potential 'group of death' come the World Cup next year.

With this in mind, redemption was on the cards in Newcastle and the Matildas delivered. Up until half time, the scores were level 0-0, but soon into the second half, Australian fans were treated to a five-star, five-goal show.

Aussie talisman, Sam Kerr drew first blood with a Caitlin Foord assist in the 52nd minute, before Foord scored herself a hat trick, after only recently coming back from surgery and several months of rehab after a lisfranc injury.

Super-sub Emily Gielnik was also in the mix, finding the back of the net for her commanding side in the 69th minute.

Although it was a two-game series and both sides won one game each, Australia took out the title on aggregate - 7 goals to 3 over the series.

This dominant win for the Matildas means that they should now enter the FIFA Women's World Cup as a seeded team and retain their sixth ranked position.

Foord told Football Australia of the win,

“It’s pretty awesome. I’ve been lacking a bit of confidence in front of goal so to put three away today, I’m pretty happy with that.

“I don’t think we played badly in the first game we just couldn’t put it away and they finished their chances and that’s football sometimes.

“Today we didn’t want to do that again and we wanted to win in front of the home crowd and we’re just stoked we got the job done.”

Head Coach Alen Stajcic hinted at the possibility of more home games to come for Aussie fans in early 2019.

Read more about the win HERE

Liana Buratti
olympics.com.au

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